Barrister Surinder Lall, who is blind, wins appeal as his spare room stores essential equipment and has never been a bedroom
A housing association tenant in central London has won an appeal against the imposition of the bedroom tax by Conservative-run Westminster city council, in what is thought to be the first such victory in England.
Lall, who is blind, argued successfully to a tribunal that a room in
his flat classified as a second bedroom had never been used as one and
had always been where equipment helping him to lead a normal life was
In his decision notice, the judge wrote: "The term 'bedroom'
is nowhere defined [in the relevant regulations]. I apply the ordinary
English meaning. The room in question cannot be so defined."