The Home Office decision to reduce benefits support to victims of Modern Slavery has been ruled as unlawful in the High Court.

Back-payments have been demanded by the judge, which could total more than £1m.

More than 1,000 potential 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 implemented by the Home Office without consultation with those affected or their support providers.  The cuts have put many of those affected at risk of being trafficked again, and affected their mental health, derailing their efforts to recover.

The Home Office failed to issue guidance on providing assistance and support to the victims, requiring immediate repayment by the government.

For more information, see the article in the Independent.