The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. ) This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill and can now consider it in greater detail.
Background to the bill
The bill was introduced to allow for an Income Support Bonus payment to be paid to certain income support recipients. This payment would be made twice yearly to certain income support recipients from March 2013 and was announced as a measure in the 2012–13 Budget to "assist with cost of living pressures".(Read more about these measures and their background in the bills digest.)