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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 3:15 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian 3:15 pm, 23rd April 2013

That is the case in some areas. My hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh East described what happens when people take the time and effort to dig into what is on offer. I am not opposed to zero-hours contracts outright. One of my first jobs involved a zero-hours contract, and it suited me to be able to say when I would and would not work, but I was not the sole wage earner in the household, so my children were not dependent on me bringing home food for them to eat. A whole range of measures is having an impact.

Labour Members are simply asking that we properly review the impact of the measure. I make an appeal to Liberal Democrat members of the Committee. They have given up so much to achieve the policy of raising the threshold for tax. If they really want to be able to tell their constituents that that was worth the increase in tuition fees and all the others things, they need a realistic assessment of its impact. They need to know whether it is improving people’s standard of living or whether, when we look across the piece, the Government are hurting hard-working families.