Nearly thirty thousand U.K. families lost out on money for disabled children – because of government error.Leave a comment
November 26, 2016 by dontbringlulubook
The families’ caring for disabled children should have got extra tax credits worth between 60 and 80 pounds a week.
But – between 2011 and 2015 they lost out on between fifteen and twenty thousand pounds.
All because – according to the BBC Moneybox programme – the taxman (or Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) did not talk to the Department of Work and Pensions.
The taxman is to pay out a lump sum now and future tax credits for families with disabled children will be raised.
But there will not be a re-opening of the cases to give the families what they should have had.
The error only came to light when HMRC audited the families getting tax credit – and it was spotted that a tick box had been removed from an application form.
The full BBC Moneybox programme can be heard here: