Lone parents deliver successful blow to the ‘Benefit Cap’

11 Jul 2017

R (DA and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Shelter intervening

References to paragraph numbers are references to the DA judgment.


On 22 June 2017, the High Court (Collins J) ruled that the application of the ‘Benefit Cap’ to lone parents with children under two years old is unlawful because it discriminates, without justification, against both those parents and their children.

Ian Wise QC and Michael Armitage were instructed (along with Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC of Doughty Street Chambers) by Hopkin Murray Beskine for the Claimants.

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