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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 2:30 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Sheila Gilmore Sheila Gilmore Labour, Edinburgh East 2:30 pm, 23rd April 2013

I find this incredibly offensive. Someone who has been living for 18 years in a home they have put effort into, in their own community, will suddenly be told that they have to find extra money or make a choice that does not exist. I have demonstrated that it does not exist. Although it is pretty hard all round to get accommodation in Edinburgh, the one place a one-bedroom property might exist is in the private rented sector. In that case, the amount of housing benefit paid out in respect of that person will be a lot higher, but her security will have disappeared. I spoke recently to an 82-year-old constituent in the private rented sector who has just had a notice to quit from a landlord who wants to sell, so I know what insecurity in the private rented sector looks like. If the hon. Member for South East Cornwall wants to come to my constituency and tell my constituents that it is their choice, she is welcome to do so and I will be happy to welcome her.