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    • calcotti
    • By calcotti 25th Aug 18, 4:05 PM
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    Benefits and Tax Credits forum Sticky
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    • 25th Aug 18, 4:05 PM
    Benefits and Tax Credits forum Sticky 25th Aug 18 at 4:05 PM
    The second post in the work and Benefits forum is a sticky with useful links. Unfortunately it is now very old and many of the links are missing or incorrect. I suggest it may be time for the post to be unstickied and retired. Obviously if someone wants to update it that would be great (but I am not volunteering).
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    • venison
    • By venison 25th Aug 18, 8:08 PM
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    I was asked by a number of people when I was BG about updating that sticky and was getting down to work on it when MSE dispensed of my services. But I agree the sticky is way out of date and needs updating with regards especially to Universal Credit, calcotti it might be worth messaging one of the remaining BG's over there with your suggestion failing that MSE towers.
    • Sunny Intervals
    • By Sunny Intervals 15th Sep 18, 4:26 PM
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    It may also be time to update the name of the forum, since tax credits are being phased out. Plus, tax credits are benefits, so it's redundant, and it seems to be confusing people looking for help with their taxes.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 17th Sep 18, 11:21 AM
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    • 17th Sep 18, 11:21 AM
    Thanks folks. Could you get in touch with a current board guide on that board about the sticky?

    We'll take a look and make a decision on the board name internally in MSE Towers.

    Thank you!
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    Our Editorial team is waiting to hear back from HMRC for a date tax credits will be fully closed to new sign-ups. We'll take another look at this when we have more information.
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    • Sunny Intervals
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    Thanks, but even if tax credits were continuing, the name would still be redundant. It's like having a forum called "fruit and apples". Isn't that the sort of thing that's meant to make editors itch?

    Or is the name designed to appeal to those who think that tax credits aren't really benefits, so they're not like those awful scrounging types on the other benefits?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/12/anti-welfare-rhetoric-families
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 7th Oct 18, 7:08 PM
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    I was one of the people who contacted venison when he was board guide to ask if the thread could be updated.

    As it stands many links are broken, those still extant give out of date information.
    If MSE Towers lack the inclination to update on a regular basis, then it should (IMO) be deleted.
    MES Towers linking to incorrect, out of date benefit information is not really excusable.

    I have only come across the new board guides on a couple of occasions, I somehow doubt that their knowledge of benefits would enable a successful rejig.

    Perhaps, then a new sticky with just a list of useful, authoritative, and accredited sites - adviceguide, Advice Now, turn2us, entitledto, .... etc..., rather than the more ambitious topic by topic headings.

    I think a further sticky reminding posters that anyone can post comments on this unmoderated forum, may be also be helpful. Some questionable "advice" is often posted, which together with MSE Towers inability to distinguish correct Benefit advice from incorrect and misleading "advice", must invariably confuse posters.
    Last edited by Alice Holt; 07-10-2018 at 7:14 PM.
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    • venison
    • By venison 7th Oct 18, 8:07 PM
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    ^^^^ 100% agree with all that Alice says
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