Conservative MPs urge No 10 to call in a political ‘big beast’ to improve decision-making


TThe government’s last-minute changes to its welfare plan have caused “a lot of concern,” which will put it in the spotlight when it comes to the Lords, an all-bench counterpart warned.

MPs narrowly backed the amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which will only see individual social care costs count towards the new £ 86,000 cap, by 272 votes to 246 after 19 MPs conservatives rebelled and dozens of personalities abstained.

Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary, was among those who did not support the change, telling BBC Breakfast this morning he was “in conflict” with the government’s change on the ceiling. “It’s a step in the right direction when we were hoping for two or three [but] it doesn’t help so many people to keep their homes, ”he added.

Baroness Finlay de Llandaff said the Lords would look at the government’s welfare reform “very, very carefully”.

The professor of palliative medicine told BBC Radio 4’s Today show: “I don’t think there will be a quick response one way or the other, but I think we will spend quite a bit of time to scrutinize …

“The Commons may say, ‘Can you think again? “We may come up with constructive amendments to improve what is on the table right now because clearly there is a lot of concern.”


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