Bedroom Tax proven to be discriminatory.

The poor side of life

This week an appeal court ruled that Bedroom Tax is indeed discriminatory in two cases. One being a victim of domestic violence, who had had her “spare” room converted into a safe room, after being stalked, harassed and victimised by a previous partner. The other case, the grandparents of a severely disabled grandson who needs overnight care in a specially adapted room. They were both faced with having to pay the Bedroom Tax, otherwise they would have lost their homes. As a result it would have been impossible for them to find suitably adapted new houses to live in. Paying this unfair tax would have put them in financial hardship, and they would also have the constant worry of not having the security of their tenancies, a security that they need.

I am a victim of the Bedroom Tax. An unfair and unjust tax that has been forced upon us…

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How Grayling’s failed commercial venture cost us the taxpayer over £1m

David Hencke


An extraordinary reportpublished by the National Audit Office today on ” Just Solutions” – the commercial arm of the Ministry of Justice set up by former Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling- reveals that taxpayers have lost over £1m on the failed venture.

Remember this was set up by Grayling so the Ministry of Justice could make money by selling prison expertise to regimes with appalling judicial systems like Saudi Arabia and Oman. It was closed down by Michael Gove when he became justice secretary after the election.

Now the NAO reveals that not only was this unethical but it actually cost the taxpayer money. Indeed one can see how desperate the government might have been to sign a  £5.9 m contract with Saudi Arabia and further contracts with Oman – as this would have been the only way it could have made a profit out it.

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Legal aid reforms scrapped by Michael Gove

Benefit tales

A major restructuring of the criminal legal aid system in England and Wales has been scrapped, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed.

Mr Gove said he had “decided not to go ahead” with plans to cut duty solicitor contracts at police stations and magistrates’ courts by two thirds.

He also suspended for 12 months a second 8.75% cut in legal aid fees.

Labour shadow justice secretary Lord Falconer said the government’s plans had “descended into utter chaos”.

The proposed cuts – drawn up by former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling – would have reduced the number of legal aid contracts from 1,600 to 527.

However, Mr Gove said there were “real problems” in pressing ahead with the proposals.

The Ministry of Justice currently faces 99 separate legal challenges, Mr Gove said in a written ministerial statement.

“My decision is driven in part by the recognition that the litigation will be time-consuming…

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