‘Court ruling allows discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts’

* Restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms;
* Caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.

Child Poverty Action Group’s case in support of disadvantaged families against the Government was:

* The changes are contrary to the fundamental purpose of the housing benefit scheme, which was originally intended to be a national scheme to prevent homelessness;
* The Government has failed to have due regard to the general equality duties under the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 because ethnic minorities and lone parents will be disproportionately hit by the two cuts being challenged.

Chief Executive of Child Poverty, Alison Garnham, said: "We are greatly disappointed at today’s judgment. Minority ethnic and lone parent families are already at higher risks of child poverty and the cuts to housing benefit that we challenged will make this situation even worse, driving people out of their homes and disrupting children’s education.

"The bad news for poor families is piling up this week, following the stark warning from the Institute for Fiscal Studies that hundreds of thousands more children will fall into poverty because of the Government’s welfare reforms.

"We will now be studying the decision before deciding on our next steps. We will continue opposing the cuts and campaigning for fairness and justice for the families who are bearing the brunt of a financial crisis that they were not responsible for."

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