- Supreme Court holds benefit cap does not discriminate against single mothers (R (on the application of DA, DS and others) v Secretary of State for Works and Pensions)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the Supreme Court decide?
Local Government analysis: Shu Shin Luh and Connor Johnston, barristers at Garden Court Chambers, examine the Supreme Court’s decision in R (DA, DS and others) v Secretary of State for Works and Pensions that the capping of a household’s total entitlement to welfare benefits, which was introduced by section 96(1) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (WRA 2012) and amended by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (WRWA 2016), was lawful as it did not discriminate against the appellant single mothers and their young children in relation to their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
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