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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 3:00 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Sheryll Murray Sheryll Murray Conservative, South East Cornwall 3:00 pm, 23rd April 2013

I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way. Mr Crausby, through you I would like to ensure that there is no misunderstanding. What I said was that people had a choice to downsize if they so wished. If I found that I could not afford to stay in my three-bedroom house, I would look to downsize. That is what I said. I did not say that they had to stay there and pay the additional money.

I understand the hon. Lady’s specific point about one constituent, but people have the choice to downsize if they are living in a house that costs more than they can budget for. The same principle applies in the private and the public sectors. There is no difference. It is a choice we all have.