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The Supreme Court on the Bedroom Tax: Three key issues

The long-awaited Supreme Court decision on the 2010 Coalition Government’s “Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy” – known by everybody else as the “Bedroom Tax” – has been handed down (R. (on the application of Carmichael) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2016] UKSC 58).[i] The case follows the familiar formula for ...[Continue Reading]

The Supreme Court and Resource Allocation: Revisiting R (Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Innovation [2015] UKSC 57, [2015] 1 WLR 3820

by Byron Karemba* i. Context In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom allowed an appeal by a prospective undergraduate student, Beaurish Tigere, who had been denied access to the ‘loan and grant’ facility provided to undergraduate students in England. As noted in the judgement, the appellant was one of over 2000 people aged ...[Continue Reading]

Discretionary Housing Payment Expenditure

The interactive charts below display the Discretionary Housing Payment returns data for the financial year 2015/16. The raw data was released by the Department for Work and Pensions today – 6th July 2016. I’ll be adding some further charts here when I’ve synced up the data with some other sheets (i.e. on the political ...[Continue Reading]

In defence of equality law

In a previous blog post, Mark Simpson argued that equality law is ill-equipped to defend social rights in the UK.  A similar conclusion is also reached in the UK case study.  From the perspective that Mark and the report take I would largely agree with this conclusion.  However, I would argue that this is the wrong perspective to ...[Continue Reading]

Using equality law in defence of social rights in the UK

Equality of opportunity has been described in the Court of Appeal as a “fundamental value of our society.” This bold claim can seem at odds with the lack of success with which the various equality requirements in domestic and international law have been deployed in defence of social and economic rights in the UK. The austerity ...[Continue Reading]
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