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ITV News' Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks heard from those in favour of the cap and those against:
The Government is likely to win a vote this evening on a bill to cap benefit rises, but today's debate in the House of Commons was one they were desperate to win.
The issue, they believe, puts Labour on the side of the unemployed and the benefit claimants, instead of those in work whose pay has risen little.
ITV News' Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:
The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne is tweeting about tonight's vote on a bill to cap benefits rises.
The Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he is "uncomfortable" with some of his Tory coalition colleagues referring to the unemployed as "skivers".
He said that people who are out of work should be treated with "dignity" while accepting that the economic situation necessitates a "squeeze on the welfare budget".
ITV News' Political Correspondent Libby Wiener asked him whether he is comfortable supporting the benefits cap:
The Labour MP David Miliband has made an impassioned speech in the House of Commons opposing the benefits cap.
He accuses the coalition of proposing savings of £1.1bn from the richest in society, compared with £5.6bn from those on benefits and tax credits.
The Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay, Adrian Sanders, has said he will abstain from tonight's vote on a bill to cap benefits.
Labour MPs both in the Commons and on Twitter are attacking the coalition's benefit plans for "adversely affecting" disabled people.
The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has attacked Labour's job creation record, accusing it of spending taxpayers' money like "drunks on a Friday night".
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended plans for a three-year benefits squeeze as he faced party dissent among his own MPs ahead of a key Commons vote.
In Commons clashes ahead of the debate - deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman said the Government had "failed on compassion".
But Mr Clegg questioned why the Opposition supported a 1% pay rise cap for public sector workers but not the curb on benefit payments and where it would find the savings.
Latest ITV News reports
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.