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Chancellor's Budget clears Commons hurdle amid disability cuts row

George Osborne's Budget has cleared its first Commons hurdle, its major resolutions passed by a majority of 35 MPs.

The Chancellor defended his Budget in the Commons earlier, his first public appearance since the government was forced into a U-turn over disability benefit cuts in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith's resignation.

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Stephen Crabb: Government to abandon disability cuts

Stephen Crabb

Stephen Crabb, the new work and pensions secretary, has announced the government will abandon controversial cuts to the Personal Independence Payments.

"I can tell the House we will not be going ahead with the changes to PIP that had been put forward," he said.

He added that the government would not fill the savings gap left in the budget by the U-turn with further cuts to welfare.

The announcement had been widely anticipated following the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Mr Crabb's predecessor.

Mr Crabb paid "huge tribute" to Mr Duncan Smith, and appeared to try to win back the support of disabled people, saying he believed it was possible to do "so much better" for them.

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