SNP MP Owen Thompson today called on the Government to make extra help available to tax credit claimants who have had their payments stopped unfairly.

The Midlothian MP has welcomed the decision by the UK government not to renew the contract with US firm Concentrix – but has said that questions remain to be answered about the award of the contract – how much was actually saved and how much it is going to cost to ‘clean up another mess‘ caused by UK government incompetence.

Owen Thompson MP said:

“It is welcome that the Tax Credit fraud and over-payment contract will not be renewed with Concentrix. But this will be little comfort to those who have had benefits stopped as a result of their activity.

“The UK Government now have to come clean on how much was actually saved – How much of the so-called “savings” were as a result of false accusations by Concentrix against Tax Credit recipients?

“The cost of the Concentrix contract was reputed to have been £75 million. How much of that will be clawed back to directly compensate those affected?

“This fiasco has left parents unable to feed their children, attend work and sadly there are even some reports of people who have lost their job and even their home – the Government must take some responsibility in this.”