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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 Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Labour, Gateshead 3:15 pm, 23rd April 2013

The hon. Gentleman’s point that raising the tax threshold is a real boon to people in low-paid jobs is correct as long as they are earning enough to reach the threshold in the first place. Part of the problem we have with the differential in how the economy works in different parts of the country is that far too many people in far too many areas who are working in part-time employment, but would rather be in full-time employment, do not earn enough to reach the threshold to pay tax.