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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 Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian 3:00 pm, 23rd April 2013

It is not a choice that we all have, and that is exactly the point. It puts an end to any idea that we are all in this together. What choice have the family I mentioned got now that they have been moved? There is no smaller council house available for them to move into, so the choice that the hon. Lady suggests they have is between continuing to live in an overcrowded property, suffering the impact of the strain that was putting on their family’s life, and taking the four-bedroom house—the only route out of overcrowding that they were offered—which they will eventually not be over-occupying. That is not a choice.

There is no choice for that family, because there is nothing available in the social rented sector for them to move into. The hon. Lady will say that the private rented sector is an option, but educationalists in East Lothian to whom I have spoken say that moving children to a different school is one of the most disruptive things that one can do, and it causes problems for teachers who have to support children through that process.