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HMRC Northern Ireland Racist Staff Systemic Underpayment of Benefits To Ethnic Minorities

Politics / UK Politics Aug 18, 2010 - 10:45 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Politics

The HMRC sacked seven of its Belfast workers with an additional 2 workers having already resigned for systemic racist abuse of ethnic minority benefit claimants by tampering with their computer records so that people from an ethnic minority background were paid less money then they were entitled to receive.


The Inland Revenue started the investigation in January following a complaint by customers that their records had been changed so as to result in less benefits being paid with investigations revealing many more similar cases.

This is a truly shocking development as people tend to trust what they receive from the Inland Revenue as being truthful and accurate and do not usually dispute the calculations and awards made.

This may represent the tip of the ice-berg as Northern Ireland having endured decades of sectarian violence is far more prone to xenophobia and racism as repeatedly illustrated over the years such as the recent case of several hundred Roma settlers being forced to leave Northern Ireland due to a campaign of violence, and also reflective of a persistent campaign of bombs and attacks despite all of the time, effort and cost expended on the peace process.

It seems there are a number of elements within Northern Ireland that are hell bent on spreading their sectarianism ideology throughout the UK. In response to which the HMRC should pull all tax and benefit activities out of Northern Ireland as it brings the whole tax and benefits system into disrepute, with other government departments in an atmosphere of cuts should seek to similarly revaluate whether they should continue to have a UK wide serving presence from within Northern Ireland.

By Nadeem Walayat

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