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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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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