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11:24am 23rd January 2012

Plans to cap family benefits are branded "completely unacceptable".

The government wants a £500 a week limit.

Now a group of Bishops and Liberal Democrat rebels are threatening to vote against the changes in the House of Lords.

You can see why here

Meantime, there are fears Cornwall's homeless crisis could be hit by housing benefit cuts.

Single people under 35 are getting less.

Mike Firbank is rector at Camborne.

He warns many could end up on the streets if they cannot afford rent and even split from their children:

"If you can just imagine the cost to a child. Where they live. Where their teddy is. Where their duvet is. Where their toys are. The pictures on the wall. And if that is suddenly gone. Where is their security? It almost brings a tear to your eye"

"Once somebody loses the place they live they no longer have an address if they're looking for a job. You no longer have a stable place to feel psychologically and emotionally safe and secure. It just sweeps away so much of what the rest of us take for granted"

11:24am 23rd January 2012

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