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Strasbourg Court gives decision on social security benefits in Stec and others v UK.

The European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) has today delivered an important decision on the scope of Article 1 of the 1st Protocol, by ruling that non-contributory social security benefits were within the ambit of that article in the same way as contributory benefits. Although technically only a ruling on admissibility at this stage, it appears to be intended to bring to an end a long period of uncertainty and debate, and has considerable implications for discrimination claims in social security in all Convention States.

Richard Drabble QC appeared for the claimants.

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