The Supreme Court has said today that the Government did not breach the European Convention on Human Rights when it introduced the benefits cap.
The benefits cap was introduced as a maximum that any family could claim in benefits and it is currently set at £26,000 a year. The Government has said that this is equivalent to a taxable salary of £34,000 a year and that those on benefits shouldn’t be paid more than the average working wage. The Government has said that the measure has saved the tax-payer £225 million over two years.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said:
“I am delighted that the country’s highest court has agreed with this government and overwhelming public opinion that the benefit cap is right and fair. I am proud to say that it is one of the most significant reforms we’ve implemented over the past five years.”