HC Deb 10 December 1998 vol 322 cc295-6W
22. Ms Ward

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about his policy to increase the incentive to work. [61768]

Dawn Primarolo

The Budget contained a number of measures to help ensure that work pays, including the Working Families Tax Credit and reform to National Insurance Contributions. These changes will ensure a guaranteed minimum income of at least £190 a week for working families. And, as the Pre-Budget Report stated, we will also introduce a 10p starting rate of income tax, when it is economically right to do so. In addition, the Welfare to Work programme will, through the New Deal, help people to make the move from welfare into work.