Working Tax Credits

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:12 pm on 30th November 2011.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Labour, Sefton Central 4:12 pm, 30th November 2011

My hon. Friend has done well to secure this debate. He is talking about the difficulties of getting into work. This is particularly true for part-time staff. The change in the threshold from 16 to 24 hours is of great concern to people in my constituency, particularly those in the retail sector, where shifts will not be available because of the dire economic situation we face. Those people are among the 200,000 families who potentially will lose up to £4,000. This measure could force families back on to benefit and out of work. Surely this is not the right way to proceed.