Women’s Refuges now exempt from benefit cap, following legal action and campaign by women’s rights groups

This week new Regulations have come into force which exempt women’s refuges from the benefit cap.  The change in the law comes shortly before two women who are domestic violence survivors, and their children, are due to have their case heard by the Supreme Court.  It follows a campaign by a number of specialist charities and organisations, including Women’s Aid who have provided evidence in support of the women’s legal challenge.


Ian Wise QC, Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Sam Jacobs act for the Appellants in the case.  They are instructed by Rebekah Carrier of Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors. 


The expedited appeal is being heard by the Supreme Court on 29 and 30 April 2014. It concerns whether the benefit cap (as formulated in regulations made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) discriminates against (a) domestic violence victims or (b) lone parents, both categories which consist overwhelmingly of women.  


Another issue in the appeal is whether the Secretary of State has complied with his obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, given the risks from the cap of child poverty, destitution  and homelessness.


Further information is available from Hopkin Murray Beskine here:

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