Bedroom tax victims urged to prepare mass appeal after tenant’s legal victory over Government

17 Feb

Benefit tales

Victims of the hated Bedroom Tax were last night urged to prepare a mass appeal after a tenant’s legal victory over the Government.

The man was spared the penalty by a tribunal judge who ruled that his flat was wrongly deemed to have two bedrooms, reports the Sunday People. The judgment that his second “bedroom” is a dining room could open the flood­gates for thousands more claims.

His case, supported by his local Citizens Advice Bureau, was that he has a living room, one bedroom – not the alle­ged two – and a dining room. And the judge at the Bedroom Tax tribunal in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, agreed with the man, unnamed for legal reasons. Judge O’Hara wrote in his findings: “On the evidence I am persuaded he has always used the second room as a dining room and regards the property as one-bedroomed.”

Labour MP Ian Lavery said: “This…

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