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Published on November 7th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Single mums who challenged government’s benefit cap lose legal action

Three single mums have lost their legal challenge against the government’s benefit cap.

The cap was introduced in July 2013 and set benefits at the same level for couples and single parents.

The new system prompted the three women to take legal action, with their lawyers claiming the new measures were ‘cruel and arbitrary’ and breached the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The women were back by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Women’s Aid Federation.

Sitting in the High Court, Lord Justice Elias and Mr Justice Bean said that although many considered the cap ‘too parsimonious’, the regulations were lawful and did not breach human rights.

Following the ruling, a spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said they were pleased with the outcome:
“The benefit cap sets a fair limit to what people can expect to get from the welfare system – so that claimants cannot receive more than £500 a week, the average household earnings.”

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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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