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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 Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth 2:30 pm, 23rd April 2013

I wholeheartedly associate myself with my hon. Friend’s comments and the passion with which she  delivered them. We have also heard about the squeeze on living standards for people on middle incomes. I met a constituent the other week who, like me, wanted to see the benefits bill come down. She had been in a reasonably well-paid job in the construction industry but lost it because of the Government’s complete failure on infrastructure, and she is now struggling to stay in her home on benefits. She had applied for 100 jobs but had not been able to find a single one; she certainly would not recognise the figures that the Government are constantly giving about the million private sector jobs that have been created. Does my hon. Friend agree that we are seeing a squeeze not only at the bottom, on some of the poorest in society, but on people on middle incomes who are doing the right thing and trying to get by, but failing because of the Government’s economic policies?