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Landmark ruling means former cavalry officer’s husband will enjoy the same pension rights as a widow would.
Policy has caused ‘real misery to no good purpose’ as parents of children under two do not qualify for free childcare.
Frank Field wants ministers to explain why policy will save £100m a year despite pledge not to slash funding for parents.
Rising costs to housing and childcare have hit ‘just managing’ families, as identified by Theresa May in her maiden Downing Street speech.
David Cameron sets out plan to improve life chances of the ‘left behind’, insisting strategy compatible with welfare cuts.
Cameron says: "Families are the best anti-poverty measure ever invented. They are a welfare, education and counselling system all wrapped up into one."
Sally Davies’ report says children of obese women may develop health problems, and warns pregnancy is not a time to eat for two.
Official statistics show that nearly half the households affected by the benefits cap are headed by lone parents with at least one child under five.