Widowed Parent’s Allowance: court rules in favour of bereaved mother who was not married to her children’s father

30 August 2018
  • Landmark Supreme Court judgement that denying bereavement benefits to unmarried, cohabiting partners with children is incompatible with human rights law
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance is intended to provide for children in the event of a parent’s death
  • Court rules couple’s children should not be disadvantaged because their parents did not marry
  • DWP and Department for Communities urged to clarify position across UK for those who were previously ineligible
  • Two children’s charities intervened in the case.

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