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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 31st January 2013.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons) 10:31 am, 31st January 2013

May we have a debate on the scrapping of council tax benefit? Currently, 5.9 million families receive this benefit, which is to be abolished on 1 April, and the Resolution Foundation says that a single parent using child care and working full time on the minimum wage could see their council tax jump from £220 to £797. This is happening at a time when the bedroom tax is coming in, when tax credits are being cut and when the minimum wage is being frozen for under-21s. May we have a debate, therefore, about why council tax benefit is being cut, while millionaires are getting a tax break?