Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 3:00 pm on 25th March 2015.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 3:00 pm, 25th March 2015

Under this Government, child poverty has fallen, and pensioner poverty is at a lower level than it has ever been. Only today, we have seen numbers showing that there are 600,000 fewer workless households than there were in 2010. If we wish to deal with poverty, and we certainly do, the best way is to have a job-creating, growing economy, and that is precisely what the long-term economic plan is delivering.

To be fair to Geraint Davies, he says that he would cut VAT, but I am not hearing that from Labour Front Benchers. I must remind Labour Members that, with a handful of exceptions, none of them voted against the increase in VAT in 2010. I note that one of the handful of exceptions is sitting on the Opposition Benches, but Labour Members did not vote against it.