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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 3:45 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Labour, Middlesbrough 3:45 pm, 23rd April 2013

My hon. Friend has described how these policies impact on people’s living standards and have depressed labour markets. Today in Middlesbrough, 20 full-time jobs were posted on the Directgov jobs website—three are, in fact, part time, two are zero-hours contracts, one is commission-only and one lasts only four weeks. Of the remainder, two require a degree, one requires a masters and four pay £16,000 a year or less. Does my hon. Friend think that is a true reflection of how these policies affect the north-east of England?