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Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 20th October 2015.

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Photo of Mhairi Black Mhairi Black Scottish National Party, Paisley and Renfrewshire South 4:46 pm, 20th October 2015

There are two points to be made in response to that intervention. First, it is worth remembering that 85% of power over welfare remains at Westminster. Tax credit is a reserved issue. Secondly, I think that the use of the income powers highlights a deficiency in the initial argument. If there is a need for the Scottish Government to top up benefits, surely there must have been a fault in the benefits to begin with.