'Tory ministers blew almost £200,000 of taxpayer cash fighting seven single mums and disabled people over Universal Credit .
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) racked up the huge bill defending three High Court battles that defeated its cruel policies.
In June 2018, top judges found the DWP acted "unlawfully" by denying top-up payments to two disabled men.
In May 2019 judges backed a claim by those same men, plus a third claimant, that said repayments were too small.
And in January 2019 four single mums won a challenge against a "nonsensical" glitch in UC that left them short of cash.
We can reveal the June case cost £91,529 in legal fees, the January case cost £52,446 and the May case cost £39,871 - a total of £183,846.
Yet Tory ministers are appealing all three cases - which means the bill is set to spiral further.
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Margaret Greenwood said the spending was "shocking".
The Labour MP, who uncovered the figures through a question in Parliament, said the government should instead "make good on its commitment" to improve the system.
She added: "The judgements in these cases were damning.
"And yet each time the Government has reacted by appealing rather than fixing the flaws in Universal Credit that caused hardship to the people who brought the cases.
"The Government should stop the rollout of Universal Credit and ensure that our social security system properly supports severely disabled people and single parents on low incomes rather than pursuing costly legal cases against them at the taxpayer’s expense.”
The figures include Government Legal Department litigation fees, counsel’s fees and other disbursements, as well as VAT where payable.
They did not include payment of any costs paid or which may be owed to the claimants’ solicitors.
The June 2018 case was brought by two severely disabled men, TP and AR, who were left worse off when they moved to UC.'
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