Disabled group loses bedroom tax challenge

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A disabled man from Worksop is among a group whose legal challenge over the Government’s ‘bedroom tax’ failed.

Richard Rourke, aged 46, fears he will be evicted from his home over rent arrears as a result of the bedroom tax.

He was among a group of disabled people who took a legal challenge to the High Court claiming the new tax – on residents with spare bedrooms – unlawfully discriminates against disabled people in social housing.

Since April Mr Rourke, a wheelchair user, has had his housing benefit reduced by 25 per cent on the basis that he has two bedrooms spare.

He lives in a three-bedroom council bungalow.

His stepdaughter Rebecca, a university student, has muscular dystrophy and lives in halls of residence during term time but returns home university holiday periods and at weekends.

Mr Rourke uses the third bedroom – a box room – to store his equipment, including a hoist, his power chair and his shower seat.