Tax Credits

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:30 am on 11 October 2007.

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Photo of Lord Higgins Lord Higgins Conservative 11:30, 11 October 2007

My Lords, were the Government not warned time and again of the danger of getting the Inland Revenue to give money away rather than collect it? Has it not proved to be the case that they have been grossly inefficient in distributing the money, and very tough indeed in how it is being collected? As a result, an immense amount of misery has been caused to a large number of the poorest members of our community. Is this not the fault of the previous Chancellor, who was determined to switch this from social security to the Treasury?