Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 25th March 2015.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Labour, Worsley and Eccles South 4:15 pm, 25th March 2015

My hon. Friend is making a very good speech. She has returned to the point about the scale of the cuts. Is she as concerned as I am about that? My local council has been cut by 43% since 2010. We now have 1,000 people losing their social care packages this year. Is it not very frightening that what we face in the next couple of years are cuts that are deeper than anything we have seen before? I find that prospect frightening for social care and local services, which are already crippled, and for policing—for keeping our local community safe. Does she feel that way, too? We have already seen what has happened—