Housing benefit criteria found to discriminate against disabled children
A landmark legal judgment has branded current housing benefit rules discriminatory against disabled children.
The Court of Appeal came to the unanimous decision that criteria used to determine how much housing benefit can be paid to a family renting in the private sector is prejudicial to disabled children.
The judgment, which relates to the case of a family with two disabled children versus Wiltshire Council and the Department for Work and Pension’s, found that failure to take account of the children’s additional needs breached British human rights law.
May 21, 2012