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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 3:30 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Labour, Gateshead 3:30 pm, 23rd April 2013

I agree with the hon. Gentleman: for a range of reasons, the previous Government did not build as many social occupation houses as they should have, and I make no excuse for that. However, they did bring a lot of existing stock up to a modern standard  through huge investment in what was called the decent homes standard. In my local authority area, 22,000 houses were improved at a cost of almost £200 million.