Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Minister Admits Mistakes in Family Tax Credit Fiasco; PRIMAROLO ACCUSED OF MISLEADING MPs IN SHAMBLES THAT COULD COST [Pounds Sterling]1bn

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Minister Admits Mistakes in Family Tax Credit Fiasco; PRIMAROLO ACCUSED OF MISLEADING MPs IN SHAMBLES THAT COULD COST [Pounds Sterling]1bn

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Byline: JASON BEATTIE

THE TAX credit shambles could cost the taxpayer up to a billion pounds.

The revelation came as Dawn Primarolo, the minister at the centre of the fiasco, was summoned before Parliament to answer allegations she had misled MPs.

The Paymaster General said that the Treasury may abandon plans to claw back some of the [pounds sterling]1.9 billion it overpaid to poor families. She said she would "consider" demands from Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abrahams to write off the overpayments.

A scathing report by the Ombudsman said families had suffered significant distress, with many having to borrow after being forced to return cash to the Treasury, even though they were not responsible for the error.

Ms Primarolo accepted there were "problems... that had not been dealt with as well as they should be".

Treasury officials have already written off [pounds sterling]50million in overpayments caused by IT blunders and administration errors but they want to claw back the [pounds sterling]1billion paid to families who were no longer eligible for credits because their incomes had risen above the [pounds sterling]10,000a-year threshold. …

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