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The Tories’ hated Bedroom Tax was today dealt a landmark defeat in the European Court of Human Rights.
Judges ruled the benefit cut discriminated against a domestic violence victim who was forced to pay extra for her panic room.
The UK government has been ordered to pay the woman, who suffered rape and assault, 10,000 Euros (£8,600) for the “damage she suffered”.
Lawyers have now demanded the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) act to help almost 300 women estimated to be in a similar situation.
The ruling – which came by a 5-2 majority of judges – comes almost three years after the mum known only as A suffered a defeat in the UK Supreme Court.
We should point out the Tories use taxpayers’ money to pay these types of fines. It won’t come from their own pockets.
It has been suggested on our Facebook page that leaving the EU will also leave us without the ability to turn to the European Court of Human Rights. This isn’t quite true. Leaving the EU does not affect our rights under the ECHR, as this comes from the Council of Europe. However leaving the EU may well be the beginning of a longer process so people are right to be wary.
If you are a disabled Tory voter who thinks you still have human rights you’ll be shocked to learn the Tory Government apparently thinks you have none. In fact, they are in court right now apparently arguing you should have no human rights.
This comes at the end of the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that the Bedroom Tax in the case of one couple – the Carmichaels – breaches their human rights. The Tory Government ran out of appeal options, which already cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds.
Having lost that case the Tory Government is back in court spending more taxpayers money arguing no other disabled person in the UK has those same human rights.
“Should the government win this case, it would severely curtail the powers of the social security tribunal,” said Lucy Cadd of Leigh Day solicitors, who is acting for Charlotte and Jayson Carmichael.
This ruling will ultimately affect every disabled person in the UK – regardless of who you vote for.
It could include you