[Un-allotted Half Day] — Future Government Spending

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 4:02 pm on 4th March 2015.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy) 4:02 pm, 4th March 2015

Many people in my constituency who were out of work and are now in work are employed on zero-hours contracts—as I said, contracts that make them wait for a text message at the start of the week to find out whether they will get any hours that week. They have variable levels of hours from week to week. It does not involve simply doing a top-up job or an additional job. In many cases, this provides these people’s main source of income, and these contracts have increased over the last five years. That is the reality, and the hon. Gentleman should be ashamed that his Government have failed to tackle it. It is a disgrace that this is where we are in the 21st century—and that is exactly where we are at present.