Tax Credits (Working Families)

Part of Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 7th July 2015.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk 5:15 pm, 7th July 2015

I am delighted that the hon. Lady has searing ambition, and I am sure that when she achieves her full ambition she will want to reform welfare and ensure that people make the most of themselves. Tax credits are a massive barrier—that is a fact even if no Labour Member will recognise it—and we are spending £30 billion a year to put a ceiling on the aspiration and ambition of British working families. My hon. Friends and I believe in a safety net, but I do not believe in a ceiling. We should not put ceilings on ambition and hold people back from making the most of their natural talents and abilities. We should empower them to make the most of their skills.