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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 4:00 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour, Islwyn 4:00 pm, 23rd April 2013

I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. I was in full flow then and about to take off into a barnstorming speech, but it has all gone. Her intervention was timely and much needed.

This pension change will make 4.41 million pensioners worse off in real terms, with an average loss of £83 a year. People who turn 65 on or after 6 April will be worst hit, losing up to £322 this year, unless the Chancellor’s plan is changed. That is why we need the review.

There are two things about this place that have frustrated me since I was elected: the harping back all the time to what happened under the previous Labour Government,  and the harping back by us to what happened under the Tory Government. That means nothing to someone losing £83. The number 4.41 million is massive, but it means nothing to the individual affected. People look to us today and think about the changes they are going to go through, so we need to review the specific policy.

The hon. Member for Bristol West—I am not singling him out for special praise—spoke earlier about the Green Book and the Red Book and all sorts of reviews. However, we do not have reviews of specific policies. There are many people in constituencies such as mine—Welsh constituencies that he knows well—who are ageing and are more impoverished. They are the ones who will be most closely affected. They need to know if the policy is going to work.