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Social Mobility

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of taxation on social mobility in British society since 1997. (96162)

Since 1997 the Government have reformed the taxation and benefits system to ensure that work pays, improving incentives to move into work and to progress in work. This should encourage people to take opportunities for upward social mobility.

Since 1997 the number of families facing marginal deduction rates from taxation and withdrawal of tax credits and benefit of over 70 per cent. has fallen by half a million, and there are over 2 million more people in employment.