Working mum wins national award for Universal Credit legal challenge


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Nichola Salvato has won the “Best Use of Law” category in the Sheila Mckechnie Foundation (SMK) National Campaigner Awards for her legal challenge and campaigning against the Universal Credit proof of payment rule for childcare.

Nichola launched the legal challenge in January 2020 after she had to cut her hours as a welfare advisor and resort to borrowing from a ‘payday lender’ because of the way childcare benefit payments are provided through Universal Credit.

Chris Buttler QC and Jessica Jones were instructed by Leigh Day to represent Nichola in this case.

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Leigh Day’s press release