Govt needs to pass law to to bring in 1% benefits freeze

The Government needs to pass legislation to set the one percent rise in benefits over three years (rather than have it set annually by the Work and Pensions Secretary) as it would otherwise be subject to judicial review.

The Uprating Bill will be introduced by Christmas. There will be a second reading in the New Year.

This means there will be a vote - Labour will have to decide whether or not to support it.

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