Aspire believes that this change is wrong. Sometimes couples are unable to share a room because one partner may have a hospital bed, or need overnight care. We find it an unnecessary burden on disabled people to have to go through further distress and be penalised for having an ‘extra’ bedroom, when quite clearly the space is being used to meet their family needs.

In properties that have already been adapted to an individual’s needs, local councils could find themselves in a position where they are paying for tens of thousands of pounds of works again, thereby paying more money rather than less.

The fact that discretionary payment is by its very nature discretionary, there is no guarantee that people with spinal cord injury will receive the help they need. People must also apply for discretionary housing payments every year.

The discretionary housing pot can also run out in a year meaning that people can be left with no payment at all if the pot becomes dry.

We will continue to argue for an exemption for disabled people for the bedroom tax.