An unmarried mother has won access to a Widowed Parent's Allowance in a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Mother of four, Siobhan McLaughlin from County Antrim lived with her partner for 23 years- but never married. Today's ruling is expected to have far-reaching ramifications - allowing people across the UK to apply for similar payments. The Supreme Court Justices found that the legislation which governs the Widowed Parents Allowance (WPA) was incompatible with human rights law, as it "precludes any entitlement to WPA by a surviving unmarried partner". WPA can only be claimed by a surviving partner if that partner was either married to, or in a civil partnership with the deceased. The Supreme Court cannot change the law but it is putting pressure on the UK's legislatures to change the law and ensure that it is human rights compliant.
August 30, 2018
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