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Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:26 pm on 20th October 2015.

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Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Labour, Dewsbury 5:26 pm, 20th October 2015

I look at this debate as someone who, perhaps unlike some Conservative Members who have spoken, did an ordinary job on an ordinary wage before I came to this House. Many of the people I worked alongside in the NHS relied on tax credits to make work pay and now find themselves caught in a pincer between the Government’s pay cuts and the work penalty. More than 13,000 children in my constituency are in families supported by tax credits—over two thirds of all families with children in Dewsbury and Mirfield. Literally thousands of the people I represent are now fearful for their future.