*R (on the application of Cotton and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Social security – Housing benefit. The housing benefit payable to the claimants, who were parents with secondary responsibility for their children, had been reduced as a result of the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/3040. They sought judicial review. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that, as a result of the discretionary housing payments received by each of the claimants, which had completely compensated for the reduction in housing benefit paid to them, none of the claimants had suffered any interference with their family life capable of amounting to a breach of art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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