Iain Duncan Smith’s replacement inherits the bedroom tax case against his own consituents
The new Work and Pensions Secretary is fighting his own constituents in court in order to force them to pay the “discriminatory” and “unlawful” Bedroom Tax.
Stephen Crabb is MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire – and counts the Rutherford family among his consituents.
Under his new role at the DWP Mr Crabb is leading a Supreme Court appeal against the family – whose legal challenge led to the so-called Bedroom Tax being declared unlawful by the Court of Appeal in January.
The successful appeal was brought by Paul and Susan Rutherford on behalf of their severely disabled grandson Warren.
Warren suffers from a rare genetic disorder and requires 24 hour care because he cannot walk, talk or feed himself.
The couple was hit by the under-occupancy charge because they have a room that is used for overnight carers and storing specialist medical equipment.
The court found the policy’s impact on disabled children was contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights.
“We now have the ludicrous scenario where Stephen Crabb is taking his own constituents through the highest court in the land,” Labour’s Rachel Reeves said, according to the Daily Mirror newspaper.