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Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:48 pm on 20th October 2015.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary 2:48 pm, 20th October 2015

Before I conclude—I am very conscious of the time—I want to address a couple of points about poverty. The best route out of poverty is employment. We have created the conditions for the private sector to create record numbers of jobs—over 2 million since 2010. The best way to target in-work poverty is, first, by helping people move up the hours scale and, secondly, by increasing wages. We are seeing wages rise strongly, and we are seeing living standards rising by 3.1%, year on year.

Several hon. Members rose