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Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:57 pm on 22nd March 2016.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Secretary of State 12:57 pm, 22nd March 2016

I will tell you what is unfair: to saddle the next generation with debts you have no way of paying off. That is what the right hon. Lady did. [Interruption.] That is what she did. I will come on specifically to disability benefits, but let me tell her about fairness and what we have done over the last six years. We have taken action that means 500,000 fewer children are growing up in workless households than when she was at the Treasury, 1 million fewer people are on out-of-work benefits and over 2 million more people are in work than when we came to office. That is the social justice record we on this side of the House are proud of.

I am also proud that the work continues, and in this Budget we are taking further steps to build a stronger society. There is money and reform to improve our nation’s schools. There is action to reduce sugar intake and give our children better healthcare. There is support for the savings of low-income families. There is more help and housing for homeless people. There are personal allowance increases that will lift another 1 million of the low-paid out of income tax altogether, and there is an increased minimum wage ahead of the introduction of the first ever national living wage in just two weeks’ time. Those are all in the Budget we will debate today—all the actions of a compassionate, one nation Conservative Government determined to deliver both social justice and economic security.

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George Morley
Posted on 23 Mar 2016 3:40 pm (Report this annotation)

You said : " We have taken action that means 500,000 fewer children are growing up in workless households than when she was at the Treasury, 1 million fewer people are on out-of-work benefits and over 2 million more people are in work than when we came to office. That is the social justice record we on this side of the House are proud of."
Odd that you should quote that figure because over 500,000 pensioners are currently looking poverty in the face due to your shortsighted discriminative Frozen Pension policy which is seemingly aimed at the Commonwealth countries where the majority of these pensioners live.
There is no social justice for them is there ?