R (on the application of MA and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening)

Social security – Benefit. The applicants had, unsuccessfully, sought judicial review of changes in the calculation of housing benefit in respect of rents in the public sector (colloquially known as the 'bedroom tax') which impacted upon households with a disabled occupant. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, found that, although the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/2994 (as amended), were discriminatory, that discrimination had been justified. Further, the Secretary of State had not breached his public sector quality duty under s 149 of the Equality Act 2010.

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