Basic rate limit and personal allowance

Part of Finance (No. 3) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth 6:00 pm, 19th November 2018

My hon. Friend is totally right. Those budgets were ring-fenced to start with, but they are now absolutely emaciated. This is stopping us doing the prevention work that we should be doing. We made massive investments in public health, and they were having a real impact in terms of health gain. I am afraid that that is now going by the bye.

We know that there are 14 million people living in poverty in the United Kingdom, 8 million of whom are working—the highest level ever. It is fine for Conservative Members to speak on a positive note about employment rates, but they should be asking themselves why we have such high levels of in-work poverty. That, too, brings shame on us. Two thirds of the 4 million children living in poverty are from working households. How on earth are young people expected to learn and to excel at school if they are constantly hungry?