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To think that a single mother with cancer should not have her benefits cut by three quarters?

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SpeedyGonzalez Fri 05-Aug-11 00:50:09

FFS. This is what the tax credits office has done to my friend.


Empusa Fri 05-Aug-11 00:52:47

Oh shit sad

Has she spoken to CAB? Or a cancer charity? They may have someone who can act as a spokesperson for her, take the strain off her a little?

Empusa Fri 05-Aug-11 00:53:19

If she's up to it, get her to write to her MP. If they get involved, things normally happen pretty quickly.

crazynanna Fri 05-Aug-11 00:55:22


Try these people. They are ace at dealing with the Dept of Wankers and Pricks [winks]

SpeedyGonzalez Fri 05-Aug-11 00:57:08

Empusa, i know she's trying Macmillan and CAB, but great idea re MP. She had chemo today so won't be in a position to call. I'll call on her behalf. Thank you for your excellent suggestion.

Empusa Fri 05-Aug-11 00:58:46

I'll keep my fingers crossed for her!

SpeedyGonzalez Fri 05-Aug-11 00:59:20

Hadn't heard of Zaccheus before, thank you! So glad I started this thread, it's been well worth losing a bit of sleep to find this stuff out.

crazynanna Fri 05-Aug-11 01:00:55

They got me an illegal sanction money back after a year Speedy!

Top lawyers giving their time for free....they are ace smile

GypsyMoth Fri 05-Aug-11 01:04:30

Why have they cut it?

SpeedyGonzalez Fri 05-Aug-11 01:06:17

Wow, that sounds brilliant, nanna!

Just found MP - a senior Tory! Well, maybe the message will get back to Cameron about how the most vulnerable members of society are being targeted by his programme of cuts.

SpeedyGonzalez Fri 05-Aug-11 01:08:23

Tiff - I think it's just their new assessment for the coming year. And yes, they know she is off sick with cancer.

GypsyMoth Fri 05-Aug-11 01:10:27

So unfair, hope she gets help with it soon

SpeedyGonzalez Fri 05-Aug-11 01:13:10

Thank you. And I am In tears now but you've all been so supportive. She has more than enough on her plate, FFS.

Empusa Fri 05-Aug-11 01:23:02

She's lucky to have you!

SpeedyGonzalez Fri 05-Aug-11 14:35:55

smile Thanks, Empusa.

chasingthedevils Fri 05-Aug-11 16:40:35

as as been said she should write ther MP

Fiendishlie Fri 05-Aug-11 22:58:06

I'm only asking, so don't flame me, but aren't tax credits determined by a set formula and are not at all discretionary? So if a person earns £x, they would only ever get £y in tax credits iyswim.

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