"Tax Credit Casualties"
MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE
19 November 2008
Tax Credit Casualties Addressing Child Poverty
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation recently published a report stating that child poverty costs at least £25billion each year in losses to the Exchequer and in reduced GDP.
Thanks to the intervention of Tax Credit Casualties, just the last 33 cases they have progressed to write-off have saved those claimants £152,900 – which in turn has saved the Exchequer, as every pound saved for claimants by Tax Credit Casualties helps to reduce child poverty.
Paula Dean, Tax Credit Casualties' award-winning case worker, said: 'We will continue to help claimants fight cases where they believe overpayments were caused by HMRC's errors and we will continue to fight for an amnesty on all such overpayments. It is not in the best interest of our society to seek to recover these overpayments when recovery means children will suffer poverty. And from the work of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation it is clearly not in the interest of the public purse to push these families back into poverty.'
Tax Credit Casualties work to address child poverty by helping the victims of tax credit overpayments know their rights, and fight recovery of overpayments which are not the claimants' fault. The errors are often caused by software problems, HMRC operator error and faults inherent to the tax credit system itself. Our work helps families on low incomes having to choose between putting food on the table or shoes on their children’s feet, by repaying a debt they didn’t cause and are not responsible for.
Paula also said: "We encourage anyone else who finds themselves in this or a similar situation with tax credits to contact us via our website address which is www.TaxCC.org"
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07947439959 (out of hours included)
Note to editors: Full details of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's report can be found at http://www.jrf.org.uk/pressroom/releases/231008.asp
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