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Bishops condemn benefit plans

The Archbishop of Canterbury is among 43 bishops who have written an open letter to a newspaper condemning Government plans to change the benefits system, saying it will have a "deeply disproportionate" effect on children.

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Govt: Benefit changes keeps 'welfare bill sustainable'

In difficult economic times we've protected the incomes of pensioners and disabled people, and most working age benefits will continue to increase 1%.

This was a tough decision but it's one that will help keep the welfare bill sustainable in the longer term.

By raising the personal allowance threshold, we've lifted two million people out of tax altogether, clearly benefiting people on a low income.

– Department for Work and Pensions spokesman

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