Benefits battle takes further twist

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mum and babyFamilies will have been following the twists and turns of the Government's plans to reform the benefits system with bated breath in recent months.

And now a new plot line has emerged, with Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes issuing a warning about the potentially harmful impact of the Conservatives' proposals.

Families could be broken up as a result of the coalition's plans to cap benefits, he suggested.

In order to get through Parliament, Mr Hughes pointed out to his Government partners that plans for a £26,000-a-year cap on benefit payments will have to be looked over again.

Mr Hughes commented: "The Government needs to do further work to prevent harmful consequences of the benefits cap if the changes are to be accepted by Parliament."

He outlined his views to an audience at the Liverpool Liberal Democrats annual dinner at the weekend.

In 2010, Chancellor George Osborne made the first call for a cap on benefits, suggesting that a £500-a-week limit should be introduced.

Confused about the array of family benefits which are currently available? Learn more about the proposed changes to the Child Benefit system.