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Commons invokes financial privilege to pass the Welfare Reform Act 2012, quashing Lords amendments to soften changes to the benefits system.

What: The government overturns seven key Lords amendments that had been passed to try to soften welfare reforms, and takes the rare step of telling peers they have no constitutional right to challenge the Commons’ decisions further.

Why significant: Shows the government determination to quash opposition to changes to the benefit system.


'Coalition overturns Lords amendments on welfare and bans further dissent', Wintour, 2012