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The “unlawful” benefits cap reveals what the Tories really think of the welfare state

The government are set to appeal the high court's ruling—even though they knew from the start the policy would cause serious harm to poor children

By Maya Goodfellow  

The Lower Falinge Estate in Rochdale, where the majority of working-age adults claim benefits. Photo: PA

How many children are the government willing to plunge into poverty to stick to their ideological beliefs? The answer, it seems, is a lot. Yesterday the High Court judge Justice Collins ruled that the government’s benefit cap, which puts a limit on the amount of state support a household can receive, was unlawful. “Real misery is being caused to no good purpose,” he told the court—with children and single parents bearing the brunt.

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