Mr Justice Collins ruled that the application of the revised benefit cap to lone parents, with children under two, amounts to unlawful discrimination and that â€œreal damageâ€ is being caused to the claimants and families like theirs across the country.
Upon considering the impact of the benefit cap, Mr Justice Collins concluded that â€œreal misery is being caused to no good purpose.â€
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said:
â€œWe are disappointed with the decision and intend to appeal. Work is the best way to raise living standards, and many parents with young children are employed.
The benefit cap incentivises work, even if itâ€™s part-time, as anyone eligible for working tax credits or the equivalent under Universal Credit, is exempt. Even with the cap, lone parents can still receive benefits up to the equivalent salary of Â£25,000, or Â£29,000 in London and we have made Discretionary Housing Payments available to people who need extra help.â€
A previous High Court decision Hurley and others v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions found that the benefit cap was unlawful because it discriminated against those entitled to Carers Allowance who provide care to relatives such as a parent or grandparent, or a disabled child aged 18 or over. As a result of that decision the law was changed.
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45