Hounding the Poor

The Independent reports that the UK Government is using debt collection agencies to recover overpaid tax credits from some of Britain's poorest families. In many cases the debts are due to errors by HMRC. And in many more cases they are due to fundamental flaws in the design of the system. Some are due to errors on the part of the claimants. Few, if any, are due to fraud.

The tax credits system is complex. But the fundamental problem is simple. The design of the system does not match the reality of people's lives.....

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