Ode to Tax Credits III
With tax credit victims disputing repaying,
What are the political parties now saying?
Do they think it is fair when official mistakes
Are blamed on the claimants? Who’ll give us a break?
The Tax Credit Casualties asked, in a letter
Three of the Parties what they would do better.
The Lib Dems want an end to New Labour’s blood-letting;
“Fixed awards” will mean people know just what they’re getting.
Clear award notices help us keep track.
Once given, “the Treasury can’t claw it back”.
The “burden of proof” when there’s an overpayment
Is changed! It’s no longer deemed “fault of the claimant”.
The Lib Dems will reduce those entitled to claim.
To target the poorest is their expressed aim.
The Conservatives likewise voice their consternation.
They want an “Office of Tax Simplification”.
Their plans seem quite vague, their response far from long.
They note: “far too many of the payments [are] wrong”.
They’re “examining ways to reform” how it’s run,
Though not showing their hand as to what’s to be done.
What of New Labour? Just what is Brown saying?
Will the blameless indebted still be repaying?
It would give me much joy if I could report
That no more will they haul hapless victims to court.
Yet still to the taxman we will be beholden.
No answer from Labour . Clearly silence is golden.
Unlike Pension Credits, there’ll be no climb down.
It will still be recovered. Shame on you, Mr Brown!
An election is coming – it’s time to decide
Who’s truthful, who’s fair, and who might have lied.
With one hand in your pocket and one round your throat,
How keen are you really to give Brown your vote?
Morpheus: I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.