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East Lancashire MP welcomes limit on benefits rise
10:59am Thursday 10th January 2013 in News
EAST Lancashire MP Jake Berry asked Labour to explain why a police officer had seen benefits for the out-of-work rise faster than his salary.
The Rossendale and Darwen Tory spoke out as the government won a crucial Commons vote to limit annual increases in working-age benefits to one per cent for the next three years.
While four Liberal Democrats voted against the proposals, Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle supported them.
Labour argued that millions of low-income families would be worse off but Work and Pension Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said benefits should not rise faster than wages.
Benefits have historically risen in line with inflation and would have gone up by 2.2 per cent in April.
Mr Berry and his Tory Pendle colleague Andrew Stephenson voted for the cap.