Bedroom tax ruling gives ‘hope to tens of thousands of separated couples with children’

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A housing provider on Teesside claims a landmark bedroom tax appeal ruling will give “hope to tens of thousands of separated couples with children”.

Coast & Country says its Tenants Working Together group has secured a legal victory which could mean parents sharing responsibility for a child or children will not be subject to the controversial bedroom tax on the spare room used by their child.

A first-tier tribunal judge ruled that a child can live in two homes for bedroom tax purposes.

It follows other tribunal successes, many based on room size or usage, which encouraged the group to help fellow tenants in lodging an appeal.

Kim Gallagher, chair of Coast & Country’s tenant panel, said:

“This successful appeal is incredibly exciting and has the potential to affect the lives of many thousands of people across the country for the better.

“It is the so-called absent parent…

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