Work and Pensions Committee chairman Frank Field has addressed his concerns regarding bereavement rights for cohabiting couples with dependent children in a letter to the DWP.
His letter, sent on 5 September 2018, to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Justin Tomlinson addresses the recent ruling by the Supreme Court to allow bereavement payment to an unmarried mother of four - an issue he says was raised with the government back as far as March 2016.
"It is quite incredible that the government continues to resist righting this profound and ongoing injustice, even in the light of a ruling from the Supreme Court," wrote Field, who resigned the Labour whip last week.
"There is now a need for the government to act quickly, to provide certainty for bereaved families."
Within the letter, Field asks three specific questions:
* "Will you now set a specific date for providing an update to bereaved families and to the House?"
* "In the meantime, what guidance will the government be giving to bereaved families to support them during this period of uncertainty?"
* "Will the government now consider changes to the eligibility criteria for Bereavement Support Payment, as our predecessor Committee recommended in 2016?"
You can read the full text of the letter here
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