Helen Kennedy QC and 12 others from organizations including End Violence Against Women, Southall Black Sisters, Rights of Women and Women’s Aid have expressed their deep disappointment that the government has decided to appeal the High Court ruling that the benefit cap is unlawful. In a letter published in the Guardian on 9th July 2017 the signatories urged the government to reconsider.
“We consistently hear from those who cannot find the affordable childcare or flexible work required to escape the cap. Single parents with babies and toddlers should never have been covered by the policy in the first place – indeed, there is no free childcare before children reach the age of two. The parents in this group are the least likely to be able to get off the cap, and their ensuing hardship has contributed to the shocking statistic that nearly half of all children in single-parent families will grow up in poverty. And it is simply unconscionable that women who have fled domestic abuse with young children should face further financial insecurity because of the cap.”