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In the matter of an application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48

An unmarried mother has won her legal challenge in the UK Supreme Court on the entitlement of unmarried couples to Widowed Parent’s Allowance.
 
Mother-of-four Siobhan McLaughlin lived with her partner, John Adams, for 23 years until his death in January 2014.  John had made sufficient national insurance contributions for Siobhan to qualify for bereavement benefits and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.  However, she was precluded from receiving these benefits due to the fact that the couple had not been married.
 

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Local Developments, Social Security

Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) are unlawful and discriminatory

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Social Security

Bereaved cohabitees not entitled to spousal bereavement benefits even if they had children

An Application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review [2016] NICA 53

In our March 2016 update, we reported that the High Court had found that the denial of bereavement benefits to a mother on the ground she was not married to her partner at his date of death, and where children were impacted, was unlawful.  The DSD appealed this decision and the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal.

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Family Law, Social Security

ECJ upholds ‘right to reside’ test for UK child benefit and tax credits

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Social Security

Denying bereavement benefits to cohabitees not justified where children impacted

McLaughlin’s (Siobhan) Application [2016] NIQB 11

An unmarried mother challenged the decision of the DSD to refuse to provide her with benefits under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (NI) Act 1992, following the death of her partner.

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Family Law, Social Security

Local Welfare Advice Schemes

R(Christian Jump) v (1) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (2) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government CO/1838/2014

The UK government has agreed to reconsider its decision to cease funding for Local Welfare Advice Schemes, which were established in 2012 to provide emergency support for vulnerable and poor English citizens in crisis.

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Legal Aid, Social Security

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