A tribunal has overturned a decision on the bedroom tax, setting a precedent that could force some councils to rethink how they decide who needs a room for an overnight carer.
The ruling, the first by an upper tribunal setting a precedent, overturned a first-tier tribunal decision that had upheld a housing benefit cut by Eastleigh Borough Council.
The Hampshire local authority reduced the benefit of a woman who lives in a three-bedroom house with her daughter and was therefore deemed to have a spare room. The woman contended that she required a room for an overnight carer because she suffered from severe asthma and eczema.
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