Islington Law Centre plays a hat-trick against the Bedroom Tax

Thursday, March 20th 2014

Islington Law Centre, in inner London, is celebrating three recent legal victories for its clients against government's controversial Bedroom Tax. 

The Bedroom Tax, or the under-occupancy penalty, is a reduction in benefits for claimants living in social housing that is considered too large for their needs. In numerous cases across the country, the shortfall in funding has pushed people into debt and rent arrears, as well as emotional distress and associated ill-health.

One client has said of her experience: "I was horrified when I heard my benefit was going to be cut. I didn’t know how I was going to buy food, pay my bills and keep up to date with my rent."

Law Centre lawyers Lorna Reed and Helen Sheldon have spoken about their work to the Islington Gazette. Click here to read the full piece.