Housing Issues: Governance and Rights

Putting dignity to bed? The taxing question of the UK’s housing rights relapse

Dr Alice Diver (Ulster) The recent statutory cap on Housing Benefit in England and Wales is commonly known as the ‘bedroom tax’ or the ‘spare room subsidy’, depending upon whether one is a critic or a proponent of it. It has given rise to a small, but significant spate of domestic legal cases that examine issues such as legally justified discrimination and the impact of public purse decision-making on socio-economic rights (e.g. housing, health care). This presentation examines ‘bedroom tax’ case law. It examines whether some form of baseline, adequate housing rights standard can ever be identified (i.e. in respect

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