benefit cap

  • Does the cap still fit?

    Issue 259 (August 2017)
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    Carla Clarke reviews the latest on legal challenges to the benefit cap.

  • Advice post High Court decision on Benefit Cap and lone parents with children under two

    Last updated: June 29, 2017
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    On 22 June 2017, the High Court ruled that the benefit cap as it applied to lone parents with children under 2 was unlawful.

  • A new benefit cap

    Issue 255 (December 2016)
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    Dan Norris describes rules setting the benefit cap at a lower level but with a few more exemptions.

  • Changes in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
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    The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 received royal assent on 16 March 2016. Mike Spencer summarises the key changes to social security legislation.

  • DHPs – principle and practice

    Issue 250 (February 2016)
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    Gwyneth King considers the role of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) in mitigating some of the effects of cuts contained in welfare reform measures.

  • The Welfare Reform and Work Bill and human rights

    Issue 250 (February 2016)
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    The Welfare Reform and Work Bill, if passed into law, will have a significant impact on claimants (for an overview, see Bulletin 247). Mike Spencer and Sophie Earnshaw consider whether its more controversial measures would comply with human rights law.

  • Supreme Court splits the baby over the benefit cap

    Issue 245 (April 2015)
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    The Supreme Court’s judgment on the benefit cap in R (SG and others) was handed down on 18 March 2015. The Court was sharply divided over whether the benefit cap, which limits the amount of welfare benefits any family with children can receive to £500 a week, regardless of family size, breaches the Human Rights Act 1998. Mike Spencer comments.

  • Benefit cap – CPAG intervention – R(SG and others) v SSWP formerly JS and others

    Last updated: March 18, 2015
    test case

    This case was heard in the Supreme Court on 29 and 30 April 2014. The court handed down judgment on Wednesday 18 March.  Read our press release.

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London


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    London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK. This means that the capital has been hit particularly hard by changes to the benefits system, particularly cuts to housing benefit. London households have lost almost £7 per week more than the average UK household.

  • What hope has the Court of Appeal left for human rights?

    Issue 239 (April 2014)
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    On 21 February 2014 the Court of Appeal dismissed human rights challenges to the benefit cap1 and the bedroom tax.2 Mike Spencer considers the implications for human rights arguments in social security cases.

    • 1. R(SG and others) (previously JS and others) v SSWP [2014] EWCA Civ 156 (21 February 2014).
    • 2. R(MA and others) v SSWP [2014] EWCA Civ 13 (21 February 2014).