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Bedroom tax rulings concern DWP

13 September 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may issue new guidance councils and tribunals following four successful appeals against the bedroom tax.

When calculating Housing Benefit, the DWP does not define a bedroom, leaving this up to the landlord to decide.

However a series of decisions in Fife have been decided in the claimant’s favour because tribunals have attempted to apply their own size definitions.

Housing experts are split over the significance of the rulings because although they do not set a legal precedent, campaigners believe other tribunals may follow the Fife rulings.

For more on this story see http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/regulation/dwp-mulls-fresh-bedroom-tax-advice/6528544.article

See also the Courier article Size matters — Fife rulings could have national implications for future of ‘bedroom tax’

For more on the bedroom tax see http://disabilityrightsuk.org/bedroom-tax

You can view the Fife rulings on the Inside Housing website.