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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 John Cryer John Cryer Labour, Leyton and Wanstead 3:15 pm, 23rd April 2013

I know exactly what point the hon. Gentleman is making, but the state retirement age is to rise over the next few years. He seemed to be making the point that because of the growing number of pensioners and growing life expectancy, which is obviously to be welcomed, age-related allowances cannot be maintained. If it is a numbers problem, however, what about an age-related allowance for the over-80s or the over-85s? His argument does not infer that we simply have to abolish all the age-related allowances and unify things on the basis of the personal tax allowance. That is something of a misnomer.