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Government wins vote on 1% cap on benefit rises

The government has won a crucial vote in Parliament on plans to limit annual increases in working-age benefits to 1% for the next three years.

MPs rejected a Labour bid to block the proposals by 328 votes to 262 after five hours of heated debate.

Benefits have historically risen in line with inflation and, without any change, would have been due to go up by 2.2% in April.

James Landale reports.

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