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High Court challenge to benefit changes for 'secure' housing

Housing benefit changes should not apply to people who have had their accommodation adapted to protect them from a violent ex-partner, lawyers will argue later.

The High Court will consider a judicial review challenge to what critics call the "bedroom tax" and supporters call "removing the spare room subsidy".

A victim of domestic violence and her son live in a three-bedroom home in which one room has been specially adapted as a safe and secure space by the police.

Under new rules, the woman and her son receive housing benefit for a two-bedroom property, which means a reduction in income of 14%.

Today programme presenter Justin Webb spoke to her solicitor Rebekah Carrier.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 19 November.

  • 19 Nov 2014