Benefits cap could be deemed unlawful by Supreme Court
Today the Supreme Court will make its decision on whether the coalition government’s benefits policy is unlawful.
Supreme Court judges Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Reed, Lord Carnworth and Lord Hughes heard evidence last April from solicitors representing a group of mothers with pre-school aged children. All of these mothers were victims of domestic abuse and their case argued that this new benefits cap would put them at risk of becoming homeless, reports the Guardian.
The lawyers argued that Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship policy has limited the amount people can claim and is failing to take into account unique circumstances such as leaving violent partners or having a child who has special housing needs.
Solicitor Rebekah Carrier along with QCs Ian Wise, Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Sam Jacobs argue that by reducing their client’s incomes the government put them at risk of losing their homes. The Supreme Court heard lawyers argue that the policy will also affect lone parents and that introducing the cap is in breach of their rights under European law.
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