Saturday, 19 May 2012
Social Security update: Welfare reform bill passed March 2012.
Remember to revise the benefits cap of £26,000 and details of arguments for and against, and the ideological reasons for those arguements (good for synopticity).
BBC article here
Peers had inflicted seven defeats on the bill, including imposing a £26,000 annual benefit cap for working age households and means-testing employment and support allowance after one year.
But one by one the votes were overturned by MPs. On Wednesday crossbench peer Lord Best withdrew an amendment on the final point of dispute - the "under occupancy" penalty - dubbed a "bedroom tax" by critics - for social housing tenants in properties judged to have more rooms than they need.