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Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:43 pm on 20th July 2015.

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Photo of Heidi Allen Heidi Allen Conservative, South Cambridgeshire 8:43 pm, 20th July 2015

I want to reiterate two of the points my hon. Friend has made. First, I am also an employer and have lost count of the number of times part-time workers have turned down wage increases or further hours—when I know that their households are short of money—purely because of tax credits. On the flipside, just this Friday I was visited in one of my constituency surgeries by a young married lady with three autistic children—it is a very sad case—who was scared to accept payment for the precious hours she worked as a volunteer teacher, for fear of having her benefits taken away.