Government wins 1% benefits cap vote

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities, Finance

The Government last night won a Parliamentary vote to cap annual working-age benefits increases at 1%. A Labour motion to block the plans, which will be in effect for the next three years, was defeated by 328 votes to 262. Benefits have traditionally risen at the rate of inflation (currently at 2.2%) but the Government has argued that they should be in line with public sector pay, which is currently also frozen at 1%. Labour, various charities and other bodies have argued that millions of poorer...

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