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High court finds two-child rule exception perverse

20 April 2018
The High Court has today ruled that one of the Government’s key welfare reform policies, the two-child rule for tax credits and universal credit (1), is in part unlawful.

Charity takes legal action against DWP for disabled claimants’ arrears

19 April 2018
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pursuing judicial review proceedings challenging the DWP’s decision to limit backdated payments for disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to an October 2014 date.

Court of appeal leaves door open for wider challenge on lower benefit cap

15 March 2018
The Court of Appeal today overturned a High Court ruling that the lower benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children aged under two but left the door open for a wider challenge to the lawfulness of the cap as it applies to all lone parents.

CPAG wins breakthrough case on access to tribunals

04 August 2017
The Upper Tribunal today declared the Government’s restrictions on access to the social security appeals system to be unlawful, in a test case brought by CPAG. The decision enhances and protects the appeal rights of the hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants who each year seek to challenge refusals of benefit.

CPAG wins breakthrough case as operation of late mandatory reconsideration scheme ruled unlawful

04 August 2017
The Upper Tribunal (UT) has today declared the Government’s restrictions on access to the social security appeals system to be unlawful, in a test case brought by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). 

‘The scales of justice can seem very unbalanced’ – an interview with barrister Tom Royston

11 July 2017
We were delighted to learn last week that Tom Royston, a barrister who specialises in social welfare law, won the prestigious Legal Aid Newcomer Award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.

Benefit cap breaches children’s rights, says Supreme Court

18 March 2015
Supreme Court judges have criticised the Government’s benefit cap for breaching international law on the rights of children.