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Benefit cut challenge rejected

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A legal challenge brought against Haringey LBC’s council tax support scheme has been rejected.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell confirmed that a high court judge had ruled against their application for a judicial review of Haringey’s scheme but had granted permission to appeal.

A spokesman for Irwin Mitchell said he hoped the appeal would go ahead next week.

Lawyer Alex Rook said: “We are disappointed with the decision which potentially means that 25,000 of the poorest, most vulnerable, people in Haringey face the prospect of paying council tax for the first time.

“However the Judge has granted permission to appeal the ruling which we hope will take place as soon as possible.”

The challenge to Haringey’s decision is one of a number brought by Irwin Mitchell and appears to have been initiated by Haringey residents through Paul Nicholson, a vicar who chairs anti-poverty charity Zacchaeus 2000 and Taxpayers Against Poverty, a campaigning organisation he founded last year.

A separate challenge against Sheffield City Council’s scheme is due in the High Court on Friday and a case involving Rochdale MBC is expected to be listed next week.

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