Benefit cap: Reaction as proposals defeated in Lords

The government has been defeated in the Lords in a vote on its plans for a £26,000-a-year household benefit cap.

Peers backed a bishop's amendment by 252 to 237 that child benefit should not be included in the cap.

Critics argued that imposing the same cap on all families, regardless of size, would penalise children.

Ministers say including child benefit would make the cap pointless, by effectively raising it to £50,000, and that they will seek to overturn the defeat.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Cross-bench peer), Baroness Tonge (Liberal Democrat) and Margot James MP (Conservative), told the BBC's Norman Smith what they thought of the outcome.

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