Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v City of Glasgow Council and another

Social security law – Housing benefit – Assessment – Determination of number of bedrooms to which claimant entitled. Court of Session: Allowing a statutory appeal against a decision of the Upper Tribunal (UT) in a case which concerned the assessment of housing benefit and in which the main issue was the interpretation of the word 'bedroom' in regulations concerning the determination of appropriate maximum housing benefit, the court held that what was required in assessing whether a room was a bedroom was an objective assessment of the property as vacant which was not related to the residents of the property or what their actual use or needs might be, and the classification of a property as having one or more bedrooms did not change depending on the actual needs of the occupants or how they used the rooms for whatever reason from time to time.

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