Universal credit claimants win five-figure damages over unlawful discrimination

Suck on that, Esther McVey!

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey must pay damages to two severely disabled men who lost £170 a month when they were moved onto universal credit (UC).

The pair will be paid a total of just over £11,000 to compensate their financial losses and the resultant “mental suffering, distress, anxiety, humiliation and disruption to life,” the High Court heard today.

Last month, the High Court ruled that the two men were unlawfully discriminated against as they were moved onto UC simply because they moved between local authority areas.

TP, a terminally ill 52-year-old, had his payments cut under UC while undergoing “gruelling chemotherapy” because he briefly moved from London to live with his parents in Dorset.

AR, a 36-year-old suffering from bipolar disorder, was forced to use foodbanks when his support was cut after the bedroom tax forced him to move from Middlesbrough to Hartlepool.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) agreed to pay TP and AR damages but sought to keep the sum confidential.

Source: Universal credit claimants unlawfully discriminated against win five-figure damages | Morning Star

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8 thoughts on “Universal credit claimants win five-figure damages over unlawful discrimination

  1. Simon Cohen

    McVey is a staggering ignoramus and a person lacking in all culture representing the thuggish calloused world of neo-liberal ideology and trashy , finance based meritocracy.

    The suffering the Tories have inflicted over the last seven years is abysmal and will not be forgotten especially when we realise that it was not fiscally necessary but pure ideology led, setting the struggling in work against the vulnerable. This was largely started by that vile homunculus Osborne.

    To be on the same planet as such vacuous and venal politicians is a misfortune.

    That the system allowed the two unfortunate people to go through this is quite staggering.

  2. the ramblings of a deluded mind

    the bit you missed out mike was the relevant bit .. the judge said it was not in the public interest to hide the amounts won in the case. i am hoping this opens a few doors for others to do similar and really hurt the nazis on this disability discrimination issue. the more that do it the more they will have to agree that their policies are in fact discriminatory against the disabled. in fact I would love to see ian duncan schmit, the nazi who thought and brought it up, in the dock for designing this pile of discriminatory policies in the first place. jail is too good a place for him .., and the rest of them.

  3. trev

    Nice one! Wonder when they’re going to compensate every one for being forced to live on JSA that has not only been frozen below inflation but has been underpaid by 40% to begin with for many years, and for forcing JSA claimants to pay Council Tax?

  4. John D. Ingleson

    ” … £11,000 to compensate their financial losses and the resultant “mental suffering, distress, anxiety, humiliation and disruption to life,”… ”
    Whaaat?! ‘Not nearly enough for such pre-meditated, ‘state-sponsored’ abuse.
    I suspect that they’re trying to reduce any incentive for the disabled to get justice, so that they get a disabled amount of compensation.

  5. John D. Ingleson

    ‘Had it been a Lord suffering “mental suffering, distress, anxiety, humiliation and disruption to life,” then you could have added another nought to the reparations (and doubled it) without anyone noticing the disparity.

  6. Jeffrey davies

    Ah but will those who inflicted this injustice on so many be brought to justice like rtu ids the main culprit I’d rather doubt it they killed far far too many by their aktion t4 plans far far to many they use the old way we didn’t now or some other excuse but justice needs to. Be served on those culprits

  7. Dez

    and may she and her department suffer thousands of similar claims where their over zealous storm troopers have just taken out vulnerable folk with no support against this callous unfair benefit which they will not get rid off…..

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