Ealing’s Labour housing supremo and Islington council housing officer, Cllr Withani, seems to be happy that the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is trying to use the legal system to overturn the will of our elected government, see article here.
Apparently CPAG is challenging the national cap on the Local Housing Allowance (LHA), paid to tenants in the private rented sector, and a restriction preventing payments exceeding the cost of renting a four-bed home, regardless of household size. Does anyone remember CPAG going for judicial review in April 2009 as a result of Labour’s James Purnell limiting LHA to the five room rate following from the Acton Afghan case? Labour limits LHA and it is OK. No comment from Cllr Withani and CPAG. The Tories do it and CPAG are off to the courts. Agenda anyone? Oh yes! Don’t expect Withani to be tweeting an explanation anytime soon.