Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Clause 3 — Abolition of starting and savings rates and creation of starting rate for savings

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 9:45 pm on 28th April 2008.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Robert Smith Robert Smith Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons 9:45 pm, 28th April 2008

Some time ago, when I attempted to intervene, the Financial Secretary was making the point that under the Government's system it is crucial to encourage people where possible to take up the means-tested benefits, such as tax credits and pension credits. However, it is sometimes difficult to persuade someone to apply after they have been through the nightmare of the seesaw between reclaims, overpayments and underpayments. As others have said, if the Government are going to rely on that encouragement as the safety net and think that it will solve the problem, that is quite a dangerous presumption.

Embed this video

Copy and paste this code on your website