Finance (No. 2) Bill

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 3:49 pm on 1st April 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Opposition Whip (Commons) 3:49 pm, 1st April 2014

The hon. Gentleman fails to note that the average worker has become £1,600 worse off since his Government came to power. I am sure that he is doing relatively well, but many people in his constituency, and certainly in mine, are not. Small businesses in my constituency are struggling with energy bills and business rates.

Hard-working people across my constituency are £1,600 worse off since the Government came to power. The increase in the personal allowance is often paraded by Government Members, but that is dwarfed by the 24 tax rises that have hit hard-working people. At the same time, the Chancellor has given a tax cut to millionaires. Jonathan Edwards is not in his place, but he spoke on that earlier. The economic advisor to the leader of Plaid Cymru has apparently also supported that recently.