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Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:02 pm on 20th July 2015.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 6:02 pm, 20th July 2015

We will have to hear from the Government how they envisage that part of their proposal working, but I can well understand the concern that my hon. Friend raises.

Let me turn to the individual measures in the Bill, starting with the benefit cap. We support the principle that work should always pay and that people should be better off in work than on benefits. That is why our manifesto supported a household benefit cap and the idea that it should be lower in areas where there are lower housing costs.