IAIN Duncan Smith is being called upon by the SNP to “go back to the drawing board and start again” after a court ruling, which found that including the allowance given to carers in the UK Government’s benefit cap discriminated indirectly against disabled people.
Eilidh Whiteford, the Nationalists’ social justice and welfare spokeswoman at Westminster, has written to the Work and Pensions Secretary, demanding action and wanting to know whether or not the UK Government will now recompense those carers, who have lost out unlawfully as a consequence of the benefit cap.
Last month, the High Court in London found the Government had discriminated against disabled people when it failed to exempt some unpaid carers from the benefit cap.
Carers can claim around £60 a week for caring for relatives but these claims can be included in the £500 a week or £26,000 a year benefits cap. The court found this indirectly discriminated against disabled people.
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