Cessation of Housing Benefit after 52 weeks as a hospital patient – which indirectly discriminated against the mentally ill – was justified


Re: Obrey & Ors v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] EWCA Civ 1584

Appeal against a decision that the 52 week rule with regards to absence from home for the purposes of Housing Benefit did indirectly discriminate against the mentally ill but was justified because it was not manifestly without reasonable foundation.

Helen Mountfield QC was involved in this case.