Benefit change: How might it affect you?
8 January 2013 Last updated at 19:44 GMT
The government has won a crucial vote in Parliament on plans to limit annual increases in working-age benefits to 1% for the next three years.
MPs rejected a Labour bid to block the proposals by 328 votes to 262 after five hours of heated debate.
But working out exactly who qualifies for benefits and how much they get is still a complicated business.
Stephanie Flanders looks at how real people may be affected.