This is a reprieve, not a victory, I fear.
Iain Duncan Smith is a vindictive animal and, where victimising the vulnerable is concerned, he takes any setback to heart.
We – and I include myself in this because I am a carer – can expect him to come back with another attempt to penalise people who help the sick and disabled.
And he’ll probably rig the timing so it happens when we’re least able to respond.
We must be vigilant.
Iain Duncan Smith suffered a major defeat today when the High Court ruled the benefits cap should not apply to unpaid carers.
The Court has ruled that family carers who receive Carer’s Allowance should be exempt from the benefit cap – which limits the amount of benefits a family can receive to £26,000 a year.
Under savage new welfare cuts, the cap is now set to reduce even further to £23,000 in London and £20,000 elsewhere.
Mr Justice Collins found that the decision not to exempt carers was “discrimination” and not lawful.
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