Important petition to help low income families of disabled children. Please sign

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs refuses to pay tax credits owed to low income families of disabled children.

Please sign the petition to get this ruling overturned at  (

Please circulate the petition to your networks.

Since 2011 28000 low income families who are caring for a disabled child have been underpaid by HMRC  by up to £4400 per year for those whose children have profound and multiple impairments. This is because of an error in the system so that DWP did not inform HMRC that the families were entitled to Disability Living Allowance. As a result each year the families received less than their entitlement. Now aware of the error HMRC will pay the families what they are owed for 2016-17 but they will not do so for previous years. HMRC argues that it was the responsibility of parents and carers to check that they were receiving the correct amount.

There is no legal barrier to HMRC paying these families what they are owed. The decision to deny them is a policy one and illustrates the disconnect between how Government departments imagine the lives of families of disabled children and how these are actually lived. Some families will have lost approximately £20000. To senior government officials this may not seem a terrific amount but to low income families with disabled children this is a transformative fortune. It is therefore vital that we get this decision overturned and the monies owed paid to these families in full.

The Autism Centre’s Nick Hodge has started this petition to request that Edward Timpson as Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families intervenes

 BBC report on this issue is at



About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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