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Posted 31 August 2018
by Aimee Aspinall

Unmarried mother wins landmark case which could allow her to claim a Widowed Parent’s Allowance

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A mother of four lived with her partner for 23 years, although the couple never married. This meant that when he died she was not able to claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

The Supreme Court has ruled that this is incompatible with human rights law.

The landmark decision puts pressure on government to change the laws surrounding this benefit, potentially helping thousands of families.

The Supreme Court cannot change the law but has put pressure on the UK government to change the law to ensure that it is compatible with human rights law.

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Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

Chartered Legal Executive in the Exeter family team