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Barrett Backs Amnesty Campaign, 09 December 2009
Barrett backs fairer tax pledge, 30 November 2009
Creating a banking levy: a fair deal for the taxpayer, 17 November 2009
Billions Lost Through Benefit Fraud Unacceptable, 10 November 2009
Barrett hails ruling over 'illegal' benefit claw-backs, 14 October 2009
Barrett calls for bingo boost from Brown, 13 August 2009
£16bn in tax credit waste since 2003, 21 July 2009
Benefit system failing Edinburgh families, 18 May 2009
‘Wasteful’ budget is a missed opportunity, 22 April 2009
Barrett backs £700 cut in income tax, 20 April 2009
Christmas comes late for over 6,500 Edinburgh pensioners, 18 March 2009
Long campaign to help blind ends in victory, 18 March 2009
Child poverty targets will be missed without Government action, 19 February 2009
Eight Scots unemployed for every vacancy, 11 February 2009
Tax credit chaos causing havoc for families as 1.8m overpaid more than once, 14 January 2009
Plight of carers can no longer be ignored, 05 December 2008
Barrett calls for urgent review of mortgage support to avoid surge in home repossessions, 20 November 2008
Barrett calls for a fair deal for blind people to be included in Queen’s Speech, 15 October 2008
Barrett demands action after fuel poverty rise, 03 October 2008
Government windfall at expense of pensioners, 24 September 2008
Benefit changes penalise vulnerable pensioners, 20 August 2008
Barrett calls for £9bn to tackle fuel poverty, 28 July 2008
Cheque payments for pensions and benefits must continue, 15 July 2008
Barrett demands tax credit reform as losses approach £14bn, 14 July 2008
Barrett calls for immediate restoration of earnings link to pensions, 05 June 2008
One million still losing out despite Darling’s by-election Budget, 13 May 2008
Promise of jam tomorrow is not enough, 25 April 2008
Thousands of Edinburgh residents hit by tax grab, 10 April 2008
Break the link between disability and child poverty’ urges Barrett, 27 February 2008
Barrett backs increase in miners ‘black lung’ compensation, 20 February 2008
Barrett calls for special needs pack national roll-out, 21 January 2008
Edinburgh residents face winter fuel payment wipe out , 17 January 2008
Barrett calls for Government action to combat fuel poverty after fuel payment drop, 22 December 2007
Complex tax system to blame for late returns, 04 December 2007
Barrett slams Darling as almost 45,000 Edinburgh families hit by IT failure, 21 November 2007
IT failure final nail in the coffin for ID cards, 20 November 2007
Tax Credit system must be simplified, 09 October 2007
Millions lost due to complex benefits system, 25 July 2007
Barrett calls for an end to pensions injustice, 17 July 2007
Tax Credit chaos getting worse not better, 12 July 2007
Barrett urges pensioners to claim benefits, 13 June 2007
Chancellor must make Tax Credit overhaul top priority, 21 May 2007
Barrett calls for major rethink of Tax Credit system, 16 May 2007
Barrett calls for urgent debate on tax credit fiasco, 09 May 2007
Pension credit failing Scotland’s pensioners, 29 March 2007
Barrett calls for debate on widening inequality, 27 March 2007
Budget will hit poorest hardest, 21 March 2007
Barrett calls for fairer, greener budget from Brown , 20 March 2007
50,000 Edinburgh residents entitled to digital TV support, 25 January 2007
Barrett urges benefits overhaul, 24 January 2007
Overloaded benefit system at breaking point, 23 January 2007
Barrett calls for united front against post office closures, 10 January 2007
Barrett calls for helping hand to ward off winter chill, 18 December 2006
Barrett calls for action to protect against winter chill for elderly, 04 September 2006
Complex benefits systems must learn leasons from abroad, 20 July 2006
Ministers in denial over tax credit chaos, 12 July 2006
Unacceptable tax credit waste costing every household £166, 10 July 2006
New report highlights more tax credit troubles, 29 June 2006
Edinburgh tax credit chaos “getting worse not better” – Barrett, 31 May 2006
Barrett calls for tax credit shake-up, 30 May 2006
Barrett secures debate on Edinburgh families hit by tax credit chaos, 27 April 2006
Barrett demands reform of ‘disgraceful’ tax credit system, 25 April 2006
Pensioners paying £4,680 million too much council tax under Labour, 01 February 2006
Edinburgh’s incapacity claimants let down by Government , 25 January 2006
Disabled should get winter fuel payments, 03 January 2006
Barrett welcomes 11th hour climbdown on tax-breaks for second homes, 05 December 2005
Barrett demands answers over ‘massaged’ employment figures, 30 November 2005
Barrett calls for overpaid tax credits to be written off after immigration leak, 08 November 2005
Over 10,000 women across Edinburgh to lose out on £200 council tax repayments, 07 November 2005
Over a quarter of pensioners across Edinburgh missing out on pension credit, 31 October 2005
Barrett meets with Minister to discuss Tax Credits fiasco, 20 October 2005
Tax Credit choas continues, 08 September 2005
7,800 children in Edinburgh losing out with Child Trust Funds, 05 August 2005
CSA an expensive failure and must be scrapped – Barrett, 21 July 2005
Almost 10,000 families in Edinburgh forced to repay £10 million of tax credits, 02 June 2005

Speeches and articles

State Pension and Benefits, 28 October 2008
Taxing the poor, 22 April 2008
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill , 04 July 2007
Tax Credits , 16 May 2007
Tax Credit Overpayments (Edinburgh) , 02 May 2006
Pensioner Poverty , 17 November 2004
The Child Support Agency , 19 October 2004
Maiden speech , 13 July 2001

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