Andrew Smith occasionally rebelled against their party in this parliament
I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate on an important issue. I resisted intervening on the bedroom tax and so on because I wanted to make this point. Does he share my concern, notwithstanding what he said about raising the allowance, that the impact of the tapers on people in receipt of universal credit will be such that, for somebody just above the tax threshold, the rate...
My understanding is that the rates are higher for people working more hours, for 35 hours or more. The hon. Gentleman is right in that the rates are lower for people working fewer hours. That is my worry—the perverse incentive for people to work less.
I should correct that. It is not that the rate is lower; it is that people will be better off working fewer hours, as compared with the position under tax credits, whereas those who are working 35 hours or more will be slightly worse off under universal credit than they would have been under tax credits. The withdrawal rate is 76%, just above the tax threshold, under universal credit.
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