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Cost of Living: Energy and Housing

Part of Bills Presented — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:36 pm on 5th June 2014.

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Photo of Gisela Stuart Gisela Stuart Labour, Birmingham, Edgbaston 2:36 pm, 5th June 2014

I shall try not to be too wonkish. The recent Institute of Economic Affairs pamphlet on poverty argued that the best way to help the poor and to reduce inequality was to reduce the cost of those things that most disproportionately affected the spending of the poor—energy, food and housing. Given the hon. Gentleman’s argument, should he not therefore welcome Labour’s proposals?