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Matthew Reed, chief executive of the Children's Society, said:
Analysts at the Institute for Fiscal Studies say that households with no working adults will be hit harder by the benefits cap than those in which some adults work but also draw certain benefits.
ITV News' Social Affairs Editor Penny Marshall has been to speaking to some such families in the village of South Hetton in County Durham:
The former leader of the Liberal Democrat party Charles Kennedy has confirmed on Twitter that he abstained from today's vote on capping benefits.
The four Liberal Democrat MPs who voted against capping benefits are as follows:
- MP for Bradford East David Ward
- MP for Cambridge Julian Huppert
- MP for Manchester Withington John Leech
- MP for Brent Central Sarah Teather
The former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy and MP for St Ives Andrew George voted in both lobbies - the traditional way of registering an abstention.
ITV News viewers have been debating the Government cap on benefits rises on our Facebook page. Here is a small selection of the comments:
- 150,000 teachers
- 300,000 nurses
- 40,000 soldiers
The Children’s Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has said she is concerned that the benefits cap will have the "greatest impact" on "children living in families on low incomes".
In a statement she said:
MPs are reacting on Twitter to the Government's proposal to cap benefits passing its first hurdle in the Commons.
Conservative MP Gavin Barwell has called Labour's opposition a "big mistake" while Labour MP Chris Williamson said the Bill would "increase child poverty".
MPs in the House of Commons have voted in favour of a Bill to cap benefits rises at 1% for three years by a majority of 56.
- Those in favour of the bill - 324
- Those against the bill - 268
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MPs have voted in favour of a Government measure to cap benefits rises. The Work Secretary says it will save £5bn from the welfare bill.
The Department for Work and Pensions has calculated the savings that the exchequer could expect if the benefit cap passes this evening.