As stated in the press, the benefit rises will require legislation and the Conservatives were quick to challenge Labour to say whether or not its MPs would back the measure in a key vote in the new year.
Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, attacked this move as really unfair and Labour officials have accused Mr Osborne of setting a trap for their party, in the hope of presenting Labour as soft on benefit cuts if it opposed the proposal.
But it says it all really when Labour hasn't got the guts to to defend the poor by veraciously denouncing these further cuts.
It is so entrenched within this capitalist system that there is little difference between all the parties and there is no-one to stand up for the unemployed and low-paid workers.
I cannot understand why the Star supports such weak and corrupt champagne socialists who live it up on good salaries compared to an average workers wage. I suppose it wouldn't pay them to have any scruples.