Beatrice Barleon, Policy Manager at the learning disability charity Mencap said:
We welcome the Court of Appeal’s decision. The removal of the spare bedroom subsidy, also known as the “Bedroom Tax”, is another example of the Government failing to take into account the specific needs of disabled people. Many people with a learning disability have additional physical and health needs and need extra rooms for equipment or for support workers who are essential to maintain their health and safety.
Disabled people were hit by £18bn worth of cuts in the last Parliament, and this Government is continuing to take away the support disabled people rely on to maintain their health and access their community.
We urge the Government to listen to this ruling and accept that this policy is discriminating against disabled people, at a time when their support is being taken away from all angles with cuts to social care and benefits