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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

This was a policy that was introduced and voted on in the House in 2012. It is right that some people who are paid very low wages and are paying taxes should not have to pay for other people to make different life choices that they feel they cannot afford. The hon. Lady is probably aware—I hope she is—that we changed the retrospective nature of that policy to ensure that families who were already in existence before 2012 were not adversely affected by it. I think that is the right balance.