The benefit cap fails human rights test

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The High Court has held that the regulations implementing the new, lower household benefit cap (as introduced in 2016) unlawfully discriminate against lone parents of very young children (under two years old) in receipt of out-of-work benefits. Failure to include these claimants within the exemptions to the policy was incompatible with art.14 ECHR , read with art.8
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-154
JournalJournal of Social Security Law
Issue number3
Early online date31 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished online - 31 Dec 2017


  • Social security
  • Judicial review
  • Human rights
  • Discrimination


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