Cruel, unfair and discriminatory
The recent ruling of the Court of Appeal confirmed what Labour, local councils, charities and campaign groups have been saying since the ‘bedroom tax’ was first introduced – it unfairly discriminates against society’s most vulnerable people.
The case involved a woman who had fled the most extreme domestic violence. She is a victim of rape, and had been harassed and stalked by a former partner who had threatened to kill her. Thousands of pounds have been spent by the police reinforcing her home’s security and fitting a panic room with links to the local police station. The panic room was deemed to be a spare room and therefore subject to the ‘bedroom tax’, costing the woman an additional £12 per week.