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Single parents and their children have lost challenges against the government's controversial benefits cap at the UK's highest court. They said it was discriminatory to cap state benefits at £20,000 a year, or £23,000 for those in London. Lawyers for the group of five women said the cap had left many families unable to afford basic necessities. But Supreme Court justices rejected their appeals on Wednesday, saying it did not breach their human rights. Parents can escape the cap by going out for work - a lone parent must do so for 16 hours a week. But lawyers representing the lone parents said housing benefits had been "drastically" reduced by the cap. They argued they should be exempted b... Full story

15 May