May 2021 – Challenge to Refuse Additional Covid Payment

04/05/2021

Permission has been granted for a judicial review challenging the decision of the government not to apply the same £20 per week increase to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants that Universal Credit claimants have received since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the government announced a £20 per week increase to both Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit at the start of the pandemic, this increase was not extended to those on ESA, Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance. 

However, two ESA claimants have now challenged the difference in treatment by way of an application to the High Court for judicial review arguing that is it discriminatory and unjustified.

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