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Plans to cut ESA by £30 a week defeated

"The government has been defeated in the Lords over plans to cut £30 a week from the benefits of sick and disabled people who have been found unfit to work.

Peers voted by 283 to 198 to send the cut to employment and support allowance (ESA) back to the House of Commons to be reconsidered.

The defeat is the government’s second setback on the welfare and work bill in the Lords this week. On Monday peers voted to keep targets aimed at reducing child poverty, forcing the government to reconsider its plan to abolish them."

writes Patrick Butler, Social Policy Editor in the Guardian, read the article: