Willis v The United Kingdom: ECHR 11 Jun 2002

Discrimination in the payment of ‘widows payment’ and widowed mother’s allowance infringed the rights conferred by article 14 read with article 1 of Protocol 1 but no finding was made about the widow’s pension. The risk of the applicant being refused a widow’s pension on grounds of sex at a future date was found to be hypothetical since it was not certain that she would otherwise fulfil the statutory conditions for the payment of the benefit on the relevant date. The court awarded Mr Willis andpound;25,000 by way of just satisfaction.


36042/97, [2002] ECHR 483, (2002) 35 EHRR 547, [2002] 14-26 ECHR 2002-IV


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European Convention on Human Rights 14


Human Rights

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The claimant Reynolds challenged the differential treatment by age of jobseeker’s allowance. Carson complained that as a foreign resident pensioner, her benefits had not been uprated. The questions in each case were whether the benefit affected a . .
CitedHooper and Others, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions HL 5-May-2005
Widowers claimed that, in denying them benefits which would have been payable to widows, the Secretary of State had acted incompatibly with their rights under article 14 read with article 1 of Protocol 1 and article 8 of the ECHR.
Held: The . .
CitedRobertson v The United Kingdom ECHR 1-Apr-2008
The claimant, a widow, said that he had been denied the benefits (the Widowed Mother’s Allowance) which would have been available to a woman in his circumstances.
Held: The claim had been settled on the respondent admitting that there was no . .
CitedAXA General Insurance Ltd and Others v Lord Advocate and Others SC 12-Oct-2011
Standing to Claim under A1P1 ECHR
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CitedMcLaughlin, Re Judicial Review SC 30-Aug-2018
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CitedDA and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions SC 15-May-2019
Several lone parents challenged the benefits cap, saying that it was discriminatory.
Held: (Hale, Kerr LL dissenting) The parents’ appeals failed. The legislation had a clear impact on lone parents and their children. The intention was to . .
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Human Rights, Discrimination

Updated: 07 February 2022; Ref: scu.172281