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Clause 2 - Personal allowance for 2013-14 for those born after 5 April 1948

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Labour, Gateshead 3:45 pm, 23rd April 2013

I bow to your judgment, of course, Mr Crausby. I am sure we will return to that discussion in other parts of our consideration of the Bill.

Overall, it is important that we consider the cumulative impact assessment. We have asked for cumulative impact assessments of other areas of Government policy such as welfare reform, for instance—its effects on disabled people, their families and carers. A range of Government Departments have cut services for children, and the cumulative impact has been disastrous for children, particularly in areas such as the north-east of England where many more children and young people fall below the poverty line now than was the case three or four years ago.

We are asking for an impact assessment of the living standards of basic-rate taxpayers, but that cannot be divorced from the differential impact of the Budget proposals in different parts of the country. Certain parts of the economy are doing quite well; others, I am afraid to say, particularly in the north-east of England, are not.