The Government lost cases in the Supreme Court last week which means the Bedroom Tax should not have been imposed on some families, including some caring for disabled children.
Today was the first chance for the Government to be probed about its unlawful application of the Bedroom Tax. The Coalition introduced this policy from April 2013 – with eight votes in favour of the Bedroom Tax from Bermondsey and Old Southwark’s former Lib Dem MP.
I asked today how many of the 4,238 households affected across Southwark had been unlawfully included by the policy. The Secretary of State had no answer – but claimed the council should have funded what the Government had cut. Southwark Council has lost millions in funding from central Government since the Coalition took over in 2010 and spends more on Discretionary Housing Payments than the Government provides. My question can be viewed here – and I will be chasing this issue further.
More on the court case can be seen here.