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Home Office cuts to modern slavery victims' benefits are unlawful, High Court rules

A government decision to slash financial support for modern slavery victims has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.

More than 1,000 victims of trafficking have had their weekly benefits cut by over 40 per cent - from £65 to £37.75 per week – after the reduction was unilaterally implemented by the Home Office without consultation with the affected victims or their support providers.

The department has been ordered to make back-payments which could exceed £1m after the Judge ruled that it had acted unlawfully and that the claimants and anyone else subjected to the cut were entitled to be repaid at the rate of £27.25 per week from the date that the cut was imposed.

Evidence presented to the High Court from two victims of trafficking who brought the challenge and from charities who support victims showed the detrimental effect that the cuts had on them and others in “the highly vulnerable and distressing position of a victim of trafficking.”

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