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Child Poverty Bill

Part of Bill Presented — Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:41 pm on 20th July 2009.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 7:41 pm, 20th July 2009

The hon. Lady refers to the important role of housing in poverty. She will know that the definition in the Bill explicitly does not take account of housing costs. Given that housing costs might partly reflect quality, but also real inflation, which would in turn affect real living standards, is it not at least a concern that such costs are wholly excluded?

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