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Lobbying of MPs is set to intensify in the next 18 hours, after the government suffered a seventh humiliating defeat on its controversial Welfare Reform Bill.
Crossbenchers and others in the House of Lords will seek one more time to amend the Welfare Reform Bill to prevent a reduction in the money paid to disabled children.
Charities, NGOs, poverty, disability and faith groups across Britain are lobbying MPs to vote for significant changes to the Welfare Reform Bill
A bishop has asked questions in the House of Lords about tax avoidance by multinational corporations.
A series of further amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill are being discussed at the end of the WRB report stage in the House of Lords today.
The two key amendments are as follows:
The government has been desperately lobbying behind the scenes to try to avoid further defeats on its controversial welfare bill in the Lords today.
The government has been defeated in the House of Lords in a key part of its attempts to reduce the benefits available to unemployed people and part-time workers.
The government has admitted that its household benefits cap will apply to part-time workers as well as to unemployed people.
Why is the UK government so determined to slash benefits and public services for sick and disabled people and carers? Many people have pointed out the flaws in a harsh Welfare Reform Bill targeting those who are already badly-off.
Conservatives leaned heavily on Liberal Democrat support in the Lords last night, avoiding another humiliating welfare reform defeat by only 16 votes.