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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:
Since early this morning there has been a furious battle to establish proper fact and true value in the argument over the government's proposed welfare benefit cap. As I write (17:30, 23 January 2012) it has just won the first vote in the House of Lords, but the arguments have been going the other way.
The government's revised impact assessment of the household benefit cap was only published this morning. It was full of surprises, none pleasant.
Following three defeats and one almost-defeat in the House of Lords in the past fortnight, the Report Stage of the controversial Welfare Reform Bill continues this week and then comes to the Lords one last time on 31 January 2012 before passing to the Commons and on to Royal Assent.