I was appointed as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury in June 2007 and as the Minister responsible for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) I have visited a number of HMRC offices, including the tax credit office in Preston in September 2007, and tax credit staff working in Liverpool in February 2008.
[holding answer 20 May 2008]: HMRC consults on a regular basis with a wide range of organisations.
It also has a tax credit specific consultation group, which has met regularly since the scheme began. Members of this group include organisations such as Child Poverty Action Group, One Parent Families, Citizens Advice and Low Incomes Tax Reform Group. The minutes of those meetings are published on HMRC's website at
HMRC also seeks the advice of the Social Security Advisory Committee under the terms of the memorandum of understanding signed between the former Inland Revenue and the Committee.