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Toby Perkins MP calls for an urgent investigation into Tax Credits chaos

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has demanded a government investigation after hundreds of families in Derbyshire had their Tax Credits payments wrongly suspended.

Concentrix, the company contracted by the Government to investigate fraud and error in the Tax Credit system, had their contract withdrawn after wrongly withdrawing hundreds of claims.

This week Toby Perkins has demanded straight answers for the people of Chesterfield:

“Whilst I welcome that HMRC has finally taken action in announcing that the Concentrix contract will not be renewed, that doesn’t help the families who have been pushed over the breadline and

made to feel like they are benefit cheats. The Government must investigate the conduct of Concentrix, reinstate all claims immediately and apologise to my constituents who have been so poorly treated.”

Lauren Clarke from Chesterfield (pictured) was one of the constituents who contacted Toby for help when her Tax Credits were stopped after Concentrix had wrongly accused her of living with the

Toby with his constituent, Lauren Clarke

Toby with his constituent, Lauren Clarke

previous tenant. Pressure from Toby has resulted in her Tax Credits being reinstated and backdated.

Toby, “Lauren was understandably very angry when she came to me. Not only had her money been stopped, but HMRC were demanding back hundreds of pounds. Thankfully, we were able to rectify the mistakes quickly, but she should never have been placed in this situation and the Government must investigate. I would also urge any of my constituents who have had their claim suspended to contact my office.”

You can contact Toby on 01246 386 286 or by email



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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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