Benefits reform Bill clears hurdle

Proposals to radically overhaul the benefits system have moved a step closer after the Welfare Reform Bill cleared its first hurdle in the House of Commons.

The Bill received its second reading after MPs voted by 308 to 20, a Government majority of 288. A Labour motion which had criticised much of the Bill and called for fuller consultation was defeated by 317 votes to 244, a Government majority of 73.

Under the Government’s plans most existing benefits will be replaced with a universal credit as part of efforts to ensure “work will always and must always be made to pay”, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told the Commons.

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One Response to “Benefits reform Bill clears hurdle”

  1. malka Says:

    no surprise here………let’s hope that some changes can be made to the bill along the way………..we still have to fight on..

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