Brady concerned at private companies asking personal questions
Sinn Féin MLA Micky Brady has raised concerns about the use of private companies to collect personal data from tax credit claimants.
The Newry and Armagh MLA said;
"I have been contacted by several constituents who have received calls from a private company who say they are gathering information for the tax credits system.
"This has involved single parents being contacted by telephone by callers asking probing personal questions.
"This is an invasion of people's privacy and can be quite intimidating, particularly for people living on their own.
"Aside from very real concerns about the handling of sensitive confidential information, it also raises serious questions about why a private company is being used for this when 90 HMRC jobs were lost recently in Newry. Surely those staff could have been retrained for this task.
"I have written to the Information Commissioner outlining my concerns about the use of private companies to collect such personal information."