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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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Familes in one village give their reactions to benefits cap

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:

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