Huge blow to 20,000 parents hit by the benefit cap as Tory government wins top court appeal
The Court of Appeal verdict overturns a High Court victory that had declared the cap was causing "real misery to no good purpose"
Two out of three appeal judges backed Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey after her QC "mounted a full-scale attack" on the original judge's ruling.
Shelter's chief executive officer Polly
"In reality, this cap hauls many single-parent families below the poverty line so they can't even give their children basic necessities like food and clothes, let alone pay for extras like school trips and birthday presents.
"It is a cruel, unnecessary and ineffective way of achieving what the Government claims is their aim of getting people into work."
She said the Court of Appeal's ruling "recognises the incredible hardship caused by the cap", and Shelter was urging the Government "to listen to this and do the right thing by scrapping the benefit cap immediately".