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Ali M-W
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Posted - 03/01/2009 :  09:20:50  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
Please help us to help you – help us win an Amnesty for all non-fraudulent overpayments! Here’s how:

1. Write to your MP, not just about your own case but how the tax credit overpayment fiasco affects everyone. You can ‘cut and paste’ people’s first-hand accounts from the Forum, which are ready-anonymised, or mention comments from the Petition at You must be logged in to see this link.

Please mention ‘Tax Credit Casualties’ and ask your MP to share the You must be logged in to see this link. address with other constituents who are going through the hell of disputing recovery of overpaid tax credits (if you have found it helpful).

If you have a Labour MP, you can ask your own MP to support Jon Cruddas’s call for a write-off:

‘Tax credits were a good idea but poor administration is giving them a bad name. It's time to wipe the slate clean on these so-called debts. Let's write them off - and make sure that the system really does do us credit’ (Sunday Mirror, 13/07/2008,
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For Conservative MPs: Chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Select Committee Edward Leigh said: “Vulnerable families overpaid face long repayment by no fault of their own.” For Lib Dems: ‘Lib Dem work and pensions spokeswoman Jenny Willott said: “The tax credits system is so complex that it is abused by fraudsters, misunderstood by claimants and mismanaged by officials.” ‘ ( You must be logged in to see this link. ) - although you might want to point out that official mismanagement far outweighs claimants’ ‘misunderstanding’ and that the propaganda is such that information that HMRC loses or doesn’t act promptly or appropriately upon is counted as information that the claimant never sent.

Please then ask your MP what they are going to be doing about this scandal?

2. Keep your eyes out for any media articles and respond to them through the Letters pages or trace and email the writer of the story. If you don’t feel you can be a spokesperson for the TCC, fear not, because you can always pass on contact details for the Team – Paula, Sarah, the Webmaster, Jess and myself. (Not forgetting the more behind-the-scenes but still active members we can call upon if need be, too.) Getting ‘ You must be logged in to see this link. ‘ and/or ‘Tax Credit Casualties’ into the paper brings more victims our way, as well as signaling to the paper and politicians that there is a potentially popular campaign to support here.

3. Sign and promote our Petition at You must be logged in to see this link.

And get all your family and friends to sign it, too. Thanks!




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Ali M-W
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Posted - 25/02/2009 :  07:49:47  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
Please, everyone, pitch in with what you can when you can so that, rather than just having our own cases written off, we get justice for EVERYBODY! As well as the simple actions above, we now have something else really easy and painless that you can do!

Our fantastic Webmaster has - after lots of frustrating false starts which almost made us despair and suspect censorship was operating (but all now seems okay) - managed to get our Justice is an Amnesty campaign onto Labourspace:

The campaign page can be found from the link below, and ‘voters’ have to register before they are allowed to vote:

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Please register and add your comments, as well as giving our campaign the "thumbs up"!

So, so easy! And you can email friends and family too!


Trinity: No one has ever done anything like this.
Neo: That's why it's going to work.

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Ali M-W
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Posted - 27/02/2009 :  06:48:21  Show Profile Send Ali M-W a Private Message
Thanks! Keep the votes in support and comments coming, everyone! Let's make 2009 the year that Tax Credit injustices become history!

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It's easy to do - so please keep voting, commenting and telling the papers!

Trinity: No one has ever done anything like this.
Neo: That's why it's going to work.

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