Tax credit crisis as claimants miss deadline
According to figures from the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), some 455,000 claimants haven't renewed their claims, even though the deadline for renewals was delayed after strike action buggered things up.
A three-day walkout by Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) members, meant that the deadline was pushed back by a week.
Households up and down the UK rely on tax credit payments, helping families and the like with basic needs and childcare.
Claimaints who do bother, can now also do it online thanks to a new service from HMRC.
Approximately three million people did renew in time for the deadline, and while the 455,000 who didn't do it in time, this is lower than the 650,000 who were tardy last year.
If the deadline has completely passed you by, get in touch with the UK Tax Authority sharpish.