Court of Appeal ruled that two appeals on bedroom tax had to be heard urgently


Re: R (A) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 772

The Court of Appeal has ruled that two appeals concerning the dire effects of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ on vulnerable individuals must be heard urgently. In both appeals, it is argued that the bedroom tax policy unlawfully discriminates – against women and domestic violence victims, and against seriously disabled children requiring overnight care.

The court rejected the Secretary of State’s arguments not to proceed and ruled that the appeals are arguable, raise points of significant public importance and that they must be considered at a full Court of Appeal hearing as a matter of urgency.

Karon Monaghan QC was involved in this case.