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Child Poverty Bill

Part of Bill Presented — Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:46 pm on 20th July 2009.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 5:46 pm, 20th July 2009

The hon. Gentleman is right that there is substantial in-work poverty. The role of the minimum wage, however, is less clear-cut. I support the minimum wage, but many of those on it are young people, so the link between it and households in poverty is not as close as one might imagine, although it is part of the overall picture.

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