Tax agency accused mother of living with 19th-century quaker

Benefit tales

The woman, who lives in a property provided by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, received a letter accusing her of being in a relationship with Joseph Rowntree

A single mother had to go to a food bank and feared that she would lose her home after Concentrix, the agency that checks tax credits, claimed that she was cohabiting with Joseph Rowntree, the 19th-century Quaker philanthropist.

The woman, who lives in a property provided by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, now a housing association, received a letter accusing her of being in a relationship with Rowntree. Rowntree died in 1925. She then found that her other benefits had been affected. Officials told her that she had to go through a lengthy appeal process.

Read more here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/mother-hit-by-benefits-blunder-v57fz2m0k

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