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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 12:00 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Sheila Gilmore Sheila Gilmore Labour, Edinburgh East 12:00 pm, 23rd April 2013

I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. That justification—that people were not paying the 50p rate—is staggering. If that suggestion were made in reverse about people falsely claiming benefits, a rather different view would be taken. If people were not paying the 50p rate, we should have looked at how it could be improved. We should not have said, “Oh, that’s all right then. It is not getting us any money, so we will just get rid of it.”