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Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:22 pm on 20th October 2015.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Labour/Co-operative, Walthamstow 4:22 pm, 20th October 2015

The Minister kept talking about the amount of public debt that he wanted to attribute to each household, but average unsecured personal debt is now £10,000 per household. Given the vulnerability to which families are exposed when they have that level of unsecured debt, will the changes make it more or less likely that such personal debt will rise? No one in the House would argue that the changes as currently constituted will not lead to a rise in personal debt to families, and we know the consequences of that. I pay tribute to Heidi Allen who honestly and openly set out the consequences of debt. She explained the worries she has when she sees families who are struggling with debt, and Labour Members share those concerns.