The High Court is set to decide if the government acted unlawfully by not giving the two million people claiming so-called legacy benefits the same £20-per-week increase as those on Universal Credit at the start of lockdown.
Two people on employment and support allowance – one of six “legacy benefits”, which are mostly claimed by disabled people and carers – won the right to challenge the government in court.
The disabled claimants applied to the High Court for a judicial review over the Department for Work and Pension’s failure to give them the same increase as other people on benefits, which they called “discriminatory and unjustified”.
Campaigners, who have long called for the £20-per-week increase to universal credit to both be made permanent and be extended to those on legacy benefits, welcomed the news.
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“It has been completely unjust to exclude people claiming legacy benefits from the £20 increase that was rightly made to Universal Credit over a year ago,” said Helen Barnard, director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.