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How MPs Voted on the Benefits Cut

Scotland Opposed it. Westminster imposed it.

Westminster Benefits Cut Vote


The graphic depicts how MPs voted in the second reading of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill on Tuesday, 8th January 2013. According to the proposals, increases to working-age benefits will be limited to 1% for the next three years, which represents a real-term cut of the welfare benefits.

The bill passed with a majority of 56:

  • MPs voted 324 to 268 in favour of the motion.
  • Of Scotland's MPs 11 voted for and 46 against the motion.

Alistair Darling, MP for Edinburgh South West, did not attend the debate as he was on a "listening tour" of Scotland as the leader of the No campaign.

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The graphic was published by YesScotland on 14th January 2013 in the article Benefits cut vote shows need for fairer Scotland.


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