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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Lib Dem tensions rise ahead of benefit vote

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.

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