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Fairness and Security in Old Age

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 10th September 2003.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Shadow Secretary of State for Health 12:44 pm, 10th September 2003

I have been generous in giving way and I have given way to the hon. Lady, so I wish to make some progress.

That poverty is made worse by huge council tax increases. The most recent Government figures show that the poorest 20 per cent. of pensioners pay almost four times as much of their income, even after benefits, on council tax as the top 20 per cent. Council tax has a disproportionate impact on the poorest.