Raising the issue of chaos in the tax credit system, Liberal Democrat Leader Menzies Campbell asked the Prime Minister today why the Government had failed to implement the recommendations put forward by the parliamentary ombudsman in June 2005 and why, in the meantime, it has been chasing thousands of poor families through the court system.
“Two years ago the ombudsman published a report on the tax credit scheme. Why haven’t the recommendations of that report been fully implemented?”
Liberal Democrat research shows that in the last year 38,000 of the poorest families were pursued through the courts by the Treasury.
Menzies Campbell said:
“Why is it some of the poorest families in this country are being pursued through the courts for money they simply don’t have – 38,000 alone last year.
“Why should the most vulnerable pay for the mistakes of the most powerful?”