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Appeal plans axed following bedroom tax changes | News | Inside Housing

Appeal plans axed following bedroom tax changes | News | Inside Housing | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it

The government has ditched plans to appeal a legal ruling concerning a housing benefit claim for disabled children following changes to its ‘bedroom tax’ announced yesterday.


The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an urgent bulletin saying it will not take its appeal over the ‘Gorry versus Wiltshire Council’ case to the Supreme Court.

 

The Court of Appeal ruled in May last year the local housing allowance size criteria discriminated against the Gorry family on grounds of disability.

One child had spina bifida and the other had Down’s Syndrome. The court ruled children with severe disability could not always be expected to share a bedroom because of additional needs they may have due to their disability.

 

Housing benefit rules state children under the age of 10 should share a room regardless of gender, and those under the age of 16 should share if they are the same sex. The Gorry case related to a claim for housing benefit to cover private rented sector costs, but the same size criteria will be used for the social housing sector under the ‘bedroom tax’, which comes in from 1 April.

 

This will reduce housing benefit payments for social housing tenants of working age who are deemed to be under-occupying. Yesterday work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith announced exemptions for foster carers and parents of members of the armed forces. He also said guidance would make it clear that councils should use discretionary payments to support families with severely disabled children.

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Parental Responsibility affords the legal right to take decisions about such things as your children’s education, medical matters and religion.
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WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW: Child Protection Protocol in final draft

WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW: Child Protection Protocol in final draft | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
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Criminal charges against ex-coroner stayed

Charges of interfering with a dead body and breach of trust have been stayed against a former B.C. coroner
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Successful judicial review of social services age assessment

Successful judicial review of social services age assessment | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
R (on the application of GB by litigation friend, Francesco Jeff) v Oxfordshire County Council (age dispute- relevance of documents) IJR [2015] UKUT 429 (IAC) is an interesting and successful judic...
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The United Nations: It's Your World - YouTube

This video reveals the scope and impact of the UNs work focusing principally on peace and security, development and human rights. It highlights the UNs role ...
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Kody Smart laid to rest

Kody Smart laid to rest | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
  13-month old Kody Smart was laid to rest this afternoon, following a funeral service in Thorold. The little boy died hours after suffering head injuries in his grandfather's home. Kody was placed in that home just months before by family and children's services, even though Biran Matthews, his grandfather had been convicted of child abuse 20 years ago. Smart died at McMaster Children's hospital just hours after suffering his injuries. He banged his head on the hardwood floor when the dog hit him jumping off the couch and as with every baby death homicide detectives are investigating. Family and chlidren's services won't discuss a specific case and they definitely won't say why they decided to put Kody into the home of a man with a criminal history and one previously convicted of assaulting his then six month old son. "Here I am, ...
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Six Countries Where It's Illegal To Dance

Six Countries Where It's Illegal To Dance | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
In the wake of the news that Japan will finally lift its more-than-50-year ban on public dancing next year, we've compiled a brief anthology of other countries where dance is a crime.

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 27, 9:34 AM

IF DANCING WAS ILLEGAL IN THE U.S. HOW HIGH WOULD THE JAIL/PRISON POPULATION BE IN SEVERE OVER POPULATIONS AND AT WHAT AGE DOES IT BEGAN EVEN THE CHILDREN  SOME AS YOUNG AS BABIES IN THEIR BABY WALKERS ARE DROPPIN IT LIKE IT HOT!  ALL COLORS GETTING THEIR DANCE ON  THINK THEY HAVE BABY JAILS ? IF YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN WAS RESTICTED FROM THEIR FREEDOM TO DANCE AND IF YOU OR THEY DID ,YOU 'LL BE SUBJECTED TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION WHAT WOULD YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN BE IN JAIL FOR GETTING YOUR DANCE ON ANY HOW?? 

Suzeyn M. Orbe's curator insight, August 10, 9:44 PM

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Hackney council buys £1.25 million country mansion to send troubled families on holiday

Hackney council buys £1.25 million country mansion to send troubled families on holiday | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
A London council is spending  £1.25 million on a 19th-century Oxfordshire mansion so it can send warring families on holiday, the Standard can reveal.
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Husband ordered to hand over all assets to wife in divorce case

Husband ordered to hand over all assets to wife in divorce case | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
Lawyer for Essam Ali, a hospital consultant, attacks court ruling on £550,000 assets as a 'departure from equality'
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Mother says she killed babies after incest

Mother says she killed babies after incest | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
DOUAI, France — One day in the summer of 2010, a man was digging in his garden in northern France when he discovered a trash bag containing the remains of an infant. When he summoned the police, th...
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How Osborne's new cuts breach the UK's human rights obligations

How Osborne's new cuts breach the UK's human rights obligations | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
The government's austerity programme hasn't just put the poor under terrible pressure – it's actually breached Britain's international legal obligations.
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Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith: Why They Have Put Off Divorce For Now

Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith: Why They Have Put Off Divorce For Now | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are not headed to Splitsville. Well, not yet. The Hollywood power couple have pressed the pause button on divorce amidst rumors that there's trouble in paradise. D...
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Shocking letter from nuns to adoptive parents

Shocking letter from nuns to adoptive parents | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
Letters Mary Lawlor obtained from her adoptive parents detailing how she was given to them sheds light on how the nuns at Sean Ross Abbey, Co. Tipperary thought about children of poorer single mothers.

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Child abduction law's backer has checkered background

Child abduction law's backer has checkered background | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
When a Florida Senate committee considered a bill this spring to prevent parental child abductions, one of the witnesses in support of the measure was Peter Thomas Senese.
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TX law gives parents rights to bury stillborn babies

TX law gives parents rights to bury stillborn babies | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
AUSTIN, TX (KFDA/CNN) - Grieving parents in Texas now have the right to the remains of their stillborn babies.The state legislature passed House Bill 635, which guarantees parents the rights to the...
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Sydney Family Court bombing accused remanded in custody - BBC News

Sydney Family Court bombing accused remanded in custody - BBC News | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
The man accused of a series of Family Court bombings in Sydney in the 1980s briefly appears in court.
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Family Lore: Adoption order revoked on application of child

Family Lore: Adoption order revoked on application of child | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
New blog post: Adoption order revoked on application of child: Mrs Justice Pauffley A very quick post… http://t.co/6kv8itbGsj #familylaw

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States Find Cash Cow: It Is Impoverished Kids in Foster Care, Hooray!

States Find Cash Cow: It Is Impoverished Kids in Foster Care, Hooray! | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
If you are a child in foster care, things are probably not going your way. You're not living with your parents, and a state agency is in charge of you. You're probably very poor, and ...
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Jeremy Corbyn 'did nothing' after being told of paedos in his borough

Jeremy Corbyn 'did nothing' after being told of paedos in his borough | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
In 1992, social workers in his Islington constituency told Corbyn they believed organised child abuse was occurring across the North London borough on an alarming scale.
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Children’s voices in family law conflicts | OUPblog

Children’s voices in family law conflicts | OUPblog | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
Children are commonly recognized as separate human beings with individual views and wishes worthy of consideration. Their ability to freely express these views and wishes constitutes the concept of child participation, defined by Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as the right of children capable of forming their own views to be able to express themselves freely in all matters affecting their lives.
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Dallas 2-year-old dies in car seat in front of home

Dallas 2-year-old dies in car seat in front of home | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
A 2-year-old died Friday after her mom left the toddler in in family’s SUV parked in front of their Dallas home.
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Judge Lisa Gorcyca: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Judge Lisa Gorcyca: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
A Michigan judge sent three kids to juvenile hall and compared them to members of the Manson Family because they refused to talk to their dad.
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Husband awarded £1.9 million by divorce court - Marilyn Stowe Blog

Husband awarded £1.9 million by divorce court - Marilyn Stowe Blog | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
The husband of wealthy heiress has been granted a £1.9 million divorce settlement by the High Court.
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Family Law in Belgium

Family Law in Belgium | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
This article provides visitors with information regarding various aspects of family law in Belgium, such as, marriage, divorce, alimony, cohabitation and inheritance.
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Steve King: Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Could Lead To Civil War

Steve King: Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Could Lead To Civil War | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
Iowa Representative Steve King, a Republican, on Thursday suggested that a Supreme Court ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage could lead to civil war
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