A second Liberal Democrat MP, John Leech, said he would join former children's minister Sarah Teather in defying the party whip and vote against the change.He said:
I voted against the Welfare Reform Bill, and I find it objectionable that the Tories are using 'Skivers v Strivers' rhetoric to justify a cut to seven million working families.I strongly support raising the tax threshold for low-paid workers, but this cut will wipe out much of that good work.
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.