Supreme Court finds in favour of the Government over the Benefits Cap


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.”