Women’s Aid welcomes critical Judicial Review ruling on the benefit cap
22nd June 2017
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said:
“Women’s Aid welcomes a Judicial Review ruling handed down today on the benefit cap which finds the failure of the Government to exempt lone parents with children under the age of two from the cap to be unlawful. This is an important step towards a welfare system that does not discriminate against families that have fled from domestic abuse and provides them with some financial security. We now strongly urge the Government not to appeal this case and to ensure that there is a joined up approach to tackling domestic abuse across all Government departments.
Two of the claimants in this judicial appeal and their children had fled from horrendous domestic abuse and were being penalised by the benefit cap policy after taking the brave step to leave a dangerous home. It is unacceptable that women fleeing domestic abuse with their children should be left financially destitute due to a Government policy which clearly impinges on their human rights.
To build on this important ruling Women’s Aid again urges the Government to ensure that women and children fleeing violence are not negatively impacted by any area of welfare policy, such as the benefit cap for 18 – 21 year olds and the two child tax credit limit policy which Women’s Aid has already shared their concerns with them on.”
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