So the proposed benefits cap has been blocked...

... by a Bishop.

The amendment on child benefit was put down by Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Rev John Packer.
He said child benefit was "a universal benefit" and it was "wrong to see it as being a welfare benefit".
"It's a benefit which is there for all children, for the bringing up of all children and to say that the only people who cannot have child benefit are those whose welfare benefits have been capped seems to me to be a quite extraordinary argument."
Giving in excess of 26k of free cash to out of work families seems extraordinary to me. If anything it should be less.
But Work and Pensions Secretary Duncan Smith has said any defeats will be overturned when the legislation returns to the Commons.
I surely hope so.

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