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Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:37 pm on 20th October 2015.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham 3:37 pm, 20th October 2015

The right hon. and learned Gentleman makes an important point about the nature of the benefit and the difficulties some people experience in paying it back a year later. Does he accept, however, that the system of family credit was introduced by Margaret Thatcher, and that Eleanor Rathbone fought for family allowances back in 1929? There has broadly been a cross-party consensus that the welfare state has to deal with those on low incomes, particularly those who are working?