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  • Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Blair forced to apologise for tax credit failures

    This report from today's Independent:

    In the first year since its introduction in April 2003, one-third of all awards - 1,879,000 - were overpaid, by a total of £1.93bn. Kelly Montgomery, mother of two: 'I thought this must be the reward you get for going to work' Kelly Montgomery could not believe her luck when she first received tax credits. After a lengthy delay, cheques for hundreds of pounds started arriving in the post, but with no apparent regularity. When payments went into her bank account they were equally erratic. "I was telling everybody to go back to work," said Mrs Montgomery, 24, who has two children. Two years later she was forced to give up her job after her tax credits were slashed at one point to £1.20 a week, as the system tried to recover overpayments. "I heard of people receiving food parcels. If my mum was not there for me or my boyfriend [now husband] that is how it would have been for me," she added.
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    At 6/24/2005 04:18:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If there's one rule at work or relative to the government, it's to question any unexpected payments received; if you don't and it's an error, they WILL try to get it back one way or the other.

    At 6/26/2005 04:42:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Socialist garbage backfires. It's hard to believe the practical honest Brit public reelected this mob.
    If you think Blair is bad wait for Mr Stealth Tax Brown, you'll be lucky to die with a shirt on your back let alone pass on any savings to your family, the leftists will steal it all.
    This guy sums it up.

    At 6/26/2005 05:08:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Labour are socialists? Really? Funny their economics doesn't follow socialist ideas.

    At 6/27/2005 03:25:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Labour's socialist in the time-honoured fashion of
    "What's yours is mine, and what's mine's me own."

    In other words, the politics of social envy and petty class warfare with a heavy dose of control freakery thrown in.
    Most unappealing.


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