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David Gauke (Shadow Minister, Treasury; South West Hertfordshire, Conservative)

The draft orders have been circulated among members of the Committee, and one of the things that I found it somewhat difficult to get my head around was the equivalisation of net household incomes, which involves a complicated formula. How objective and scientific are the equivalence scales? Or is that a matter on which a degree of judgment is used in determining what they should be? There is clearly an issue about families of different sizes and the income that you need. How does that work?

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