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R (DS and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
On 9 March 2017, CPAG issued a claim for judicial review in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pension (SSWP) to challenge the legality of the lowered benefit cap as it applies to lone parents. The case was heard on 26 March 2018, having previously been stayed and then an earlier hearing date adjourned because of the related case of DA concerning lone parents with children under two. In light of the Court of Appeal decision in DA (given on 15 March 2018), we invited the High Court in our case to dismiss our claim without a full hearing and to grant us a certificate to allow us to bypass the Court of Appeal and seek permission to appeal direct to the Supreme Court. The court accepted our approach and we are now in the process of applying to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal with a view to our case being joined with that of DA which is also being appealed to the Supreme Court.