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Human rights - Jacqueline's story

Jayson and his wife, Jacqueline faced significant challenges after the introduction of the bedroom tax.

Jayson Carmichael is his wife, Jacqueline's full time carer. In 2013 the government introduced the "bedroom tax", a policy that financially penalised families with a spare bedroom.

Due to Jacqueline's mobility needs and requirement for specialised equipment, the couple needed two bedrooms. However their spare bedroom was deemed unnecessary and they faced a financial penalty. 


Jayson and Jacqueline sought help from Leigh Day to challenge the bedroom tax using the Human Rights Act. This led to a victory in the Supreme Court, which declared the application of the bedroom tax unlawful for individuals in a similar situation to Jayson and Jacqueline, where an extra bedroom was medically necessary. 

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