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Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter

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People who claim tax credits will be in danger of losing their payments if they missed a renewal deadline at the end of July.

But an advice group has explained that they may have a second chance to avoid losing some of their benefits.

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group has urged anyone in that situation to contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible as they could see the payments reinstated.

There is a 30-day deadline for renewing and restoring a claim.

"Now that Universal Credit has been introduced across the UK, most people can no longer make brand new tax credit claims and so it is even more important that people act quickly to restore their claim if they have missed the 31 July deadline," said Victoria Todd, head of the group.