SNP MP Alison Thewliss insists the ruling that the welfare cap is illegal shows the incompetence of the Tory government.
On Thursday the High Court ruled that the Tory welfare cap is unlawful and illegally discriminates against lone parents with young children.
The damning verdict proves once and for all what so many of us have been arguing for years – that the draconian welfare cap is ideologically driven and serves no purpose other than to harm.
Mr Justice Collins clearly stated that “real misery is being caused to no good purpose”. In spite of this conclusion being reached after a thorough, evidence-based examination of the cap, it looks as though the Tories are – quite unbelievably – going to appeal this decision.
They have been caught red-handed, harming lone parents and young children.
The least they could do is accept the verdict, apologise for the hurt caused and put an end to the relentless regime of cuts and chaos.
Appealing the decision of the court only serves to further highlight the UK Government’s incompetence and comes at further expense to the public purse.
We know lone parents are more likely to live in poverty and are overwhelmingly women. We know too that women have been disproportionately harmed by austerity that directly impacts on their children, and that a million more children are expected to be pushed into poverty.
Given that this is known, it begs the question – why are Tories knowingly targeting vulnerable groups?