Benefits Cap Judicial Review proceedings launched


"Four vulnerable families have today (22 May) issued judicial review proceedings in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, challenging the ‘benefit cap.’  The benefit cap policy has been imposed in four local authority areas since 15 April 2013 (including Haringey, where one of these families live) and will be rolled out across the country over the summer.  All affected households across the country are due to be capped by 30 September 2013. 

The policy will have devastating effects on these four families.  Two of the families will receive nil for basic subsistence (food, clothes, heating) as their rent exceeds the £500 per week cap.  They will immediately fall into arrears, face eviction and street homelessness.  Two of the families have fled domestic violence in circumstances where they were financially reliant upon their abusive partners, and they risk losing their homes and being unable to feed and clothe their children".