MPs react to benefits cap vote on Twitter

MPs are reacting on Twitter to the Government's proposal to cap benefits passing its first hurdle in the Commons.

Conservative MP Gavin Barwell has called Labour's opposition a "big mistake" while Labour MP Chris Williamson said the Bill would "increase child poverty".

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Labour just voted for benefits to increase by more than wages. Big mistake. Hard-working #Croydon families deserve better

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The #Tories & #LibDems have just secured second reading of their disgusting benefits bill that will increase child poverty. Shame on them

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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.