Department for Work and Pensions

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:23 pm on 2nd July 2019.

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Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart Conservative, Brentwood and Ongar 3:23 pm, 2nd July 2019

The hon. Gentleman raises a very good point, but, as I have already said, we had a long period of employment, but with little or no wage increases. We have now started to come out of that period. What he will see is that, if wages and wage growth are maintained in the months and years ahead—as I have no doubt that they will be—we will start to see the number of young people in poverty go down. We will see that their parents have more money because they are in work and their wages are rising above inflation. I am sure that he would accept that point.