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Who said what to whom?

This is an unusual one. The House of Commons as a whole made a commitment not to let the Government spend more than £119.5bn on (some elements of) welfare in 2015-16.

What does it mean?

If spending rises above the stated amount, then the Government must hang its head in shame in front of Parliament. It must propose policy measures to reduce welfare spending, seek approval for the cap level to be increased and explain why a breach of the cap is justified. In other words, the cap is an “embarrassment device” rather than what…

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