Lisa's tax-credit nightmare:
Understanding Tax Credits is difficult enough for advice workers, but it’s even harder for those receiving tax credits. Someone who accessed our support service fell foul of HMRC when they claimed she had been overpaid in both 2016–17 and in 2017–18. For 2016–17 they wanted over £8000 repaying, and for the current tax year over £1000. Her partner is disabled and unable to work, and so they are reliant on benefits.
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Annual General Meeting
We had our AGM this year on Monday 16th July, and it was a very joyous occasion to celebrate what Freedom had accomplished this past year, and what we hope to achieve in the year ahead.
In particular, our new Cluster Support Workers each introduced themselves, where Freedom stood in their communities, and where they hope for us to be this time next year. It was very exciting to hear these new and fresh ideas tossed around, and to understand the importance of these new staff members and what potential they have to develop the services in their communities.
Family benefit austerity is a complex and controversial issue. Every year in April when the budget is released, working-class families anxiously await to hear…
We run a whole range of services, all targeted at the communities we work with and their needs: Reading Group Bolsover Methodist Church Tuesdays…