Distraught mum in benefits’ nightmare

Samantha Mann
Samantha Mann

A Tattershall mum-of-three claims she is locked in a “living nightmare” after Government officials stopped her child tax credits.

Samantha Mann says she and her three children - aged four, two and eight months - are having to exist on £47-a-week child benefit and an additional payment of £100 every fortnight.

She says if it wasn’t for the fact she and her children were living with her mother on the Clifton Park Estate, they would be homeless.

According to Samantha, she previously received £167-a-week in child tax credits.

However, she says the payment was stopped before Christmas because officials from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) refused to believe her former partner was no longer living with her.

She said: ”I’ve done everything I can to prove I have nothing to do with him any more,.’

“I’ve written letters and he has even written a letter telling them he lives in Nottingham.

“I don’t know what else I can do. If it wasn’t for my mum, we’d be out on the streets.”

Samantha says her mum still has three other children living at home, meaning two adults and six children are sharing a three-bedroom house.

She added: “It was really difficult over Christmas. I had to get everything from a charity shop and even then, my mum had to take out a loan.

“It’s the last thing she needed. She couldn’t afford it but what else could she do?

“I can’t go on like this. It’s a living nightmare. I’m worried for my children .”

Samantha claims she is in daily contact with HMRC but said officials kept changing their minds about re-instating her benefit.

She says she was told to stop telephoning because she was making too many calls.

HMRC says it is policy not to comment on individual cases.