The Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called bedroom tax discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager. The ruling followed legal challenges by a woman who has a panic room in her home, and the grandparents of a 15-year-old who requires overnight care. The removal in 2013 of what the government calls the spare room subsidy cuts benefits for social housing tenants with a "spare" room. Ministers have said they will appeal. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) argued that it had given councils money to make discretionary payments to people facing hardship because of the policy change. The case is now due to be decided in the Supreme Court. Prime Minister David Cameron said the government would "look very carefully" at the judgement. "But our fundamental position is it is unfair to subsidise spare rooms in the social sector if we don't subsidise them in the private sector."
A shed load of toilet rolls left traffic bogged down on the M6 near Knutsford in Cheshire earlier.
The Highways Agency said traffic was down to one lane between junction 19 and 18 southbound at about 12:45 GMT.
The carriageway was cleared by mid-afternoon but not before causing a spate of bad puns on social media.
The delay caused long tailbacks.
Another tweeter asked: "Was he [the driver] on is way to Looe?"
Yesterday St Matthew's pupils from years 7, 8, 9 and 11 visited the Town Hall at the invitation of the Lord Mayor as a thank you to the children for helping with his inauguration on Sunday 24th May.
The Lord Mayor personally gave us a tour around the private apartments and spend two hours explaining the rich history of both the Town Hall and Manchester. It was a fantastic experience for everybody and something we will never forget, and we all thank the Lord mayor for spending the time with us and for his kindness.