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:
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.