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Already the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has had to insist that the plans are not going to be watered down. Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister, said yesterday that the Government wanted to ensure that bigger families were not unfairly penalised.
Given that most of the biggest housing benefits are paid in London, because of high rents, the cap on benefits is especially pertinent here. A change would have been a win for the Mayor, Boris Johnson, who pointed out that this would result in an exodus of families on benefits from the centre of the capital. Read More: