Two of Richard’s three children are disabled. The family has a four-bedroom home but could only claim housing benefits for a three-bedroom house. This meant two disabled children would have to share a room, but this was impossible because of the nature of their disabilities. Using human rights laws, Richard challenged the housing benefit rules in court. The Court of Appeal agreed that the rules were discriminatory under human rights laws, because they did not take into account the extra needs of disabled people. Since the judgement, the rules have now changed to allow an extra room for children who are unable to share because of their disabilities.
Full details available from Disability Rights UK.