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Universal credit: U-turn on two-child cap on benefit

About 15,000 families no longer face having their benefits capped after the government performed another U-turn over its flagship universal credit.The work and pensions secretary has ditched plans to extend a benefits cap on families of more than two children.Amber Rudd said those with children born before the system was introduced would remain exempt, as she aimed to ensure it was "compassionate and fair".The Child Poverty Action Group said the decision was "fantastically good news".However, the group is still calling for the two-child cap to be scrapped for all other families.Ms Rudd also confirmed she would again delay asking MPs to authorise the transfer of three million people from the old benefits system.Reality Check: What's ...