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Tax Credits

Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:59 pm on 20th October 2015.

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Photo of Alan Mak Alan Mak Conservative, Havant 5:59 pm, 20th October 2015

This is a national minimum wage that gives 2.5 million hard-working people a salary rise, which is the right approach. We have also increased the tax-free personal allowance and doubled free childcare for working people, while the fuel duty has been cut and council tax has been frozen as well. These reforms are all linked: they go hand in hand; they should not be seen or analysed in isolation. As many hon. Members have said, these are all part of a coherent, long-term economic plan, and it is simply not acceptable to deliver higher wages through the national living wage while at the same time leaving tax credits unreformed when they are such an important part of our reform package.