Peers are today expected to challenge plans for a £26,000 cap on the benefits families can receive by suggesting child benefit should be excluded.
The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Right Rev John Packer has put down an amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill excluding child benefit, reports the BBC.
Meanwhile, the former Bishop of Hulme, the Right Reverend Stephen Lowe, told the BBC the cap would potentially "put another 100,000 children into poverty."
The £26,000 annual limit would come into force in England, Scotland and Wales from 2013.
In its current guise, it would apply to the combined income from the main out-of-work benefits: Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, and Employment Support Allowance - as well as other benefits such as Housing Benefit, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit.
The government estimates some 50,000 households would be affected by the cap on working-age benefits.
There will be exemptions for households in receipt of Working Tax Credit, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, Constant Attendance Allowance and war widows and widowers.
The household benefit cap proposals, an element of the government's Welfare Reform Bill, were first presented in draft form to the Lords on 21 November 2011.
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