Charity wins fight to take government to court over benefit reforms – Inside Housing

 

The government will be forced to fight for its controversial housing benefit reforms in court, after a child poverty charity won the right to challenge their legality.

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Government lawyers are due to appear at the High Court today (Friday) to defend caps on local housing allowance introduced on 1 April.

A judge granted the Child Poverty Action Group a fast-track judicial review into the restrictions at a hearing in May. If CPAG wins, the reforms will be ruled unlawful.

The Department for Work and Pensions will be expected to present evidence justifying the reforms, following a direction by Lord Justice Collins last month. The information its lawyers provide will feed into the judicial review at the end of July.

CPAG is challenging the national cap on LHA, paid to tenants in the private rented sector, and a restriction preventing payments exceeding the cost of renting a four-bed home, regardless of household size.

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One Response to “Charity wins fight to take government to court over benefit reforms – Inside Housing”

  1. Who Benefits? « Thomas Hemingford Says:

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