Government exempts full-time carers from Benefit Cap

Two months ago, on 26 November 2015, the High Court ruled that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions had discriminated against severely disabled people by failing to exempt their full-time unpaid carers from the benefit cap: R (Hurley) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWHC 3382 (Admin). More information on the case is available here.

 

Now the Government has announced that it is responding to the judgment by exempting full-time carers in receipt of Carers' Allowance from the benefit cap.  The announcement by Lord Freud can by viewed here.

 

Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Sam Jacobs acted for the successful claimants in the Hurley case, which has led to this important change.  They were instructed by Rebekah Carrier of Hopkin Murray Beskine solicitors. For more information please see here.

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