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Income Inequality - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 31st January 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour 3:00 pm, 31st January 2018

My Lords, if the Minister had used the measure of income inequality recommended by the ONS rather than the ONS’s own less accurate measure, he would not have been able to paint nearly such a rosy picture, especially if housing costs were taken into account. As it is, inequality is starting to rise again and is predicted to increase massively by 2020 as a result of government policy. Could the Minister explain how a policy of freezing benefits for the worst-off in work, as well as out of work, to their disadvantage, while cutting taxes to the advantage of the better-off, will help to reduce inequality?