Living Standards

Part of Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:19 pm on 30th November 2011.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Equalities) 3:19 pm, 30th November 2011

I am well aware that the Secretary of State has great hopes for the universal credit to incentivise people into paid employment, but does he accept that the cumulative effect of last year’s Budget and spending review, this year’s Budget and yesterday’s statement is that the incentives to work for low-paid employees have been worsened as a result of the reduction in support for child care costs through the tax credit, the cut in child benefit, the freezing of the lone parent and couples element of tax credits and the fact that it is all set against a rise in living costs that families cannot afford to meet.