MPs debated and voted 520 to 22 to approve modifications to the Charter for Budget Responsibility relating to a cap on welfare expenditure, in the House of Commons on Wednesday 26 March 2014.
The motion for debate was opened by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published briefing papers on the welfare cap and the 2014 Budget
Charter for Budget Responsibility
The Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011, section 1, requires that the Charter for Budget Responsibility, and any modifications to it, is laid before Parliament and approved by the House of Commons before it can come into force.
More information about the Charter for Budget Responsibility is available on the government's website, and also from the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Watching debates from the public gallery
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