Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Rev John Packer
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Government defeat over benefit cap plan in House of Lords

The government has been defeated in the Lords in a vote on its plans for a £26,000-a-year household benefit cap.

Lib Dem, Labour and crossbench peers backed a bishop's amendment by 252 to 237 that child benefit should not be included in the cap.

Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Rev John Packer, said child benefit was "a universal benefit" and it was "wrong to see it as being a welfare benefit".