Impact of provisions of section 5 on child poverty and equality

Part of Finance (No. 3) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 4:00 pm, 8th January 2019

My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and she reminds me of a constituency case, before universal credit, of a mum who was looking to raise her income but who was coming up against a threshold. If she worked more than 16 hours a week, she would not benefit, so she was trapped in poverty—Dr Whitford used the word “trapped” earlier—because it did not make sense for her to increase her hours of work.