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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 Ben Gummer Ben Gummer Conservative, Ipswich 4:00 pm, 23rd April 2013

My hon. Friend has accelerated me to my next point. The two work perfectly together. The boldness of the reforms being undertaken by my hon. Friend the Minister and his counterparts in the Department for Work and Pensions will create the greatest change to  incentives to work and support for those people who have not been helped into the job market since the second world war. This is an integral part of that reform. The Government should be lauded for it. I know there are Members on the Opposition Front Bench who admire what this is trying to achieve and would probably like to do it themselves. It is interesting to see the difference of opinion between the Front Bench, and what I imagine they may be thinking, and some of their Back Benchers, who intrinsically hate the idea of lifting people out of tax. They would prefer to tax people and return that money to them via their own control. We have old socialists here who believe that paying people via the state is better than allowing them to keep their own money.