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Steff v United Kingdom - Widow's Bereavement Allowance and administrative errors - ECtHR 20.11.07

One of a number of cases where the European Court of Human Rights confirms that the refusal to pay Widow's Bereavement Allowance (WBA) to widowers was unlawful sex discrimination in breach of Article 14 ECHR. Valid claims have been settled. In this particular case Mr Steff was paid a sum equivalent to WBA, on the basis of an administrative error rather than any discrimination. The ECtHR ruled that there was no discrimination - a widow would have had such an error corrected in an identical way.

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