Fairness and Inequality

Part of Opposition Day — [20th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:37 pm on 11th February 2014.

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Photo of Russell Brown Russell Brown Shadow Minister (Scotland) 3:37 pm, 11th February 2014

I will come to that in just a moment. It is not that I need time to think. [Interruption.] Let me tell the hon. Gentleman that I am a solid believer in devolution.

We put three welfare reform Bills through the House. They were designed to ensure that those with the greatest need received benefits not just to exist but to live. We were able to recover that money by getting others into work. We were making progress on that when the banking crisis hit and turned the world upside down.