Lib Dem rebels table amendment to Welfare Uprating Bill calling for benefits to increase in line with average earnings, rather than Osborne's 1 per cent.
The coalition hasn’t resolved the role the welfare system should play in supporting families with children. The impasse on childcare policy reflects this.
The tiny minority that runs big business and politics has failed the hard-working majority in Britain.
The 10 per cent cut to Council Tax Benefit will force many to pay the tax for the first time. It could prove the most disastrous of the coalition's welfare reforms.
The way in which the entire debate on benefits seems to be taking place entirely outside the realms of logic seems unprecedented, says Alex Andreou.
Four Lib Dems, including Sarah Teather and Julian Huppert, voted against the bill and two abstained.
"It is intolerable then to blame the unemployed for their poverty and our deficit."
The government's Impact Assessment shows that the poorest 10 per cent of households lose the most from the decision to raise benefits by just 1 per cent.
Raising benefits by less than the rate of inflation is a poverty-producing policy.
Osborne's plan to cut benefits will force more of the poorest families to choose between heating and eating.