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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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ITV News viewers debate benefits cap

I get child tax credit [and] have worked all my life. [My] fiancée is severely disabled and cannot work - I can tell you I am not a scrounger. In fact I was a copper in the Met for 12 years.

– Martin Mossman

It is too easy for people to go on benefits nowadays. The Government has got to act now and favour ... the workers and the ones willing to work.

– Claude Gabrielle, London

Most people on benefits have not been languishing on them all their lives. They have worked and lost their jobs for varying reasons. Why do people think that everyone on benefits are lazy scroungers[?]

– Pat Chaplin

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