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Clause 16 - Loans for mortgage interest

Part of Welfare Reform and Work Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 15th October 2015.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 11:45 am, 15th October 2015

I appreciate that the Minister is saying that he will be able to push the principle through using his majority, but the point I am trying to make is that the details make no sense, and the Government have not thought them through. Given that we have no indication of how the system will work, we need an opportunity to scrutinise it further in a Delegated Legislation Committee so that, frankly, we can give the Government a hand, because they are making a pig’s ear of this. The Minister talked about the call for evidence in 2011 and 2012, but the can was kicked down the road for many years, until after the Conservative party won the election, at which point the Government started pushing these things through without thinking through the consequences.