Elements of ‘Bedroom Tax’ unlawful


Re: R (Rutherford & Ors) v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and another case [2016] EWCA Civ 29

The Secretary of State had acted unlawfully in removing part of the appellants’ means-tested housing benefit, under the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, Regulation B13. The decision not to allow the appellants, a domestic abuse victim and grandparents with a disabled child, to have an additional bedroom amounted to discrimination on grounds of gender and disability, contrary to ECHR, art 14.

Karon Monaghan QC, Helen Mountfield QC and Raj Desai were involved in this case.