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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

We also need to consider the point that life expectancy in the poorest communities is substantially shorter than that in wealthier communities. Even within my constituency, there is a seven or eight-year differential between some of the poorest and wealthiest wards, and the greatest differential between communities in my borough is 13 years. What actually happens, in real terms, is that the poorest communities pay more for a shorter pension, because the people die younger.