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Opinion: Oh, what is the point?

Having followed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and then watched Danny Alexander interviewed on Newsnight on Tuesday I have to say my initial reaction was “oh, what is the point?”. That was a reaction to both substance and process.

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, as the IFS analysis demonstrates, hits the poorest hardest and those on middle and higher incomes less hard. Most would call that regressive. I’m sure some bright spark can come up with an argument that if you look at the data from a different direction – on the basis of expenditure not income, for example – then it isn’t …

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Did you have children in 2002?

If you had children under sixteen living with you in the tax year starting April 2002, then you may be owed some money – but you only have until the end of January to claim it. You are entitled to more if a child was born that period.

Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions Prof Steve Webb MP has all the details, if you need more information.

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