Working Tax Credits

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

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Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Shadow Minister (Treasury) 4:12 pm, 30th November 2011

I thank my hon. Friend for giving way and for securing this debate. I am sure he will be aware of this, but will he comment on the point made by the trade union USDAW that 78% of the couples they have surveyed who work between 16 and 24 hours say that there is no way in which they could increase their working hours, and that the retail sector is particularly squeezed at present, meaning that overtime that may have been guaranteed in the run-up to Christmas in previous years is no longer available ?