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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

Last month’s Office for National Statistics figures show that life expectancy for the poorest has fallen whereas for the rich, it has increased. Analysis into the key drivers of that, including Public Health England’s investigations, shows that it is the result of cumulative tax and social security changes. I therefore ask the Chancellor, once again, what will he do about that, and particularly, will he stop immediately the benefit freeze that has such a devastating effect on people’s lives?