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MPs vote for 1% benefits cap

MPs have voted in favour of a proposed 1 per cent cap on raising benefits by a majority of 56. Ministers say the cap is needed because it is unfair that state handouts have been rising twice as fast as wages during recent years of austerity.

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Almost half of people 'do not know how welfare cuts will affect them'

Nearly 60% of working people believe changes to the welfare system will plunge people in to poverty and make life harder for their own families, with just 17% believing the changes would make the system fairer.

The findings involving over 6,000 of respondents from an independent survey for Unite showed that 47% are in the dark over how the government's cuts will hit them.

Unite has accused the government of attempting to divide working and non-working people by demonising the unemployed.

These latest cuts to welfare show the disdain with which this government views ordinary people and underlines just how out of touch they are with working families struggling to make ends meet.

Cuts to vital support, like housing benefit and tax credits, will have a devastating impact on many in society, sucking money out of the economy and plunging people in to poverty. This is not just self-defeating, it will set this nation back a generation.

– Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary
  • The independent survey, conducted for Unite by Mass1, a social research company, has tracked around 350,000 people, mainly members of Unite, since January 2011

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