Cameron Mathieson’s family wins Supreme Court case against DWP
A family has won its legal bid to challenge limits on welfare payments to severely disabled children in hospital.
Benefits for Cameron Mathieson, five, stopped after he spent more than 12 weeks in Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool.
Supreme Court judges agreed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had been “grossly unfair” when it stopped his payments after 84 days.
His family said they had continued the fight over Disability Living Allowance (DLA) “on behalf of other families”.
Cameron, from Warrington, Cheshire, died in 2012 after suffering from cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, among other conditions.
Speaking after the ruling, his father Craig said: “This decision is a fantastic legacy for Cameron. Cameron adored people and he would have been delighted to know that because of him, other vulnerable children and their families will not have to endure the same financial hardships we had to contend with while he was in hospital.”
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