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  1. Well.. they admit liability. No mention of the Ombudsman on this thread. I called a very helpful lady of the Ombudsman service, and after a brief explanation, she agreed it could be looked into. The problem was, which Ombudsman to complain to... there are so many lol. Anyway, she called me back to tell me that it should be Lord M's lot. Give them a call... they were extremely helpful to me. I had a quick read of this thread and it mentions a meeting with your MP? See how much further you can go with him and ask for advice about ethe Ombudsman. As I said in a previous thread, there is no g
  2. Well... you have to go through the official complaints procedure, and get a final correspondence from them. Then, if you are still not satisfied, you have to get all your complaints together in a letter and ask your local MP to refer it to the relevant Ombudsman, who then goes through all the facts of the case, and can compensate you for various things... such as expense in trying to sort out the problem, and/or compensation for the hassle. It's by no means guaranteed anybody will get it, but basically, it's a kick up the bum to the people who got it wrong in the first place, and a reminder th
  3. The OP could investigate to see whether this is a case of "maladministration", as it would be classed as "official error". This would only help on the compensatory side though (still, it's worth up to £5000 if my memory serves me correctly). On the upside for everybody though, if it went to an Ombudsman, then procedures would/should be changed as a result. Other than that, I think the OP would have to fight their case in court (as per loss of career etc). I am in a funding-issue situation also, which means I may have to drop out (broken assurances etc, incorrect figures, downright lies etc). W
  4. Just a quick thought about the "stalemate" with the payment. Can you get a recognised 3rd party such as the CAB or similar to call on your behalf. There would be a witness then if they say they will stop any eviction... and also if they refuse your payment. Either way, you are covered, as long as its an official 3rd party being witness to your offer to them. It would need to get done quickly though. considering its happening on Tuesday. Failing that, you can always take £7200 or whatever it is you can offer, and offer it to them right under the judges nose AND tell the judge at the same t
  5. Just a quick thought about the "stalemate" with the payment. Can you get a recognised 3rd party such as the CAB or similar to call on your behalf. There would be a witness then if they say they will stop any eviction... and also if they refuse your payment. Either way, you are covered, as long as its an official 3rd party being witness to your offer to them. It would need to get done quickly though. considering its happening on Tuesday. Failing that, you can always take £7200 or whatever it is you can offer, and offer it to them right under the judges nose AND tell the judge at the same t
  6. Yes... I'm aware of that. I was just pleasantly surprised at the deal they came up with at the first renewal, and as I said, they offered me that deal, as long as I kept the same phone (which was fine with me anyway). By not supplying a phone, that would have been how they managed to offer the deal anyway... I think lol.
  7. Its quite amazing what they can come up with if you threaten to leave. I did it with my last contract, and suddenly I was paying half the cost for the next 12 month contract. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that I kept the same phone, but that was fine with me (I like the K800i, and yes, it's ancient now in comparison to what is available, but.. oh well). My original contract isn't available now to new customers, but I can keep it for as long as the demand is there to have it, and can keep renewing every 12 months. I prefer a 12 month contract each time, and as I'm an existing
  8. They may have shot themselves in the foot by calling it a goodwill payment. The law is quite clear about charging for goods or services (ie. supply them, or else don't charge.. simple really). You would have to convince the judge that you haven't been reimbursed for their illegal charges (if they want to insist it is a goodwill payment), so if you can get a good case for that, the rest "should" follow, although you shouldn't go overboard with too high an amount. £200 isn't so much though really IMO.
  9. Makes me wonder why they have to have a dedicated team to resolving this in the first place!!! At least they realise it's a problem though, but it should never get to the point of trying to charge customers for other peoples debts!! On the one hand, they go to the expense of setting up and running this dedicated team, and yet, on the other hand, they can't seem to afford to get a real person to read a meter!!
  10. If you write to any DCA, dont sign your name... just print it, and send it recorded delivery, keeping the receipt. Basically, keep a diary of all events (dates of letters received etc, and phone calls whether answered or not if you have caller ID and choose not answer), as well as keeping everything the comes through the post. As for the fine, yes, sort that out first. A quick phone call or even visit to the court should sort that one out, and even if you do still owe, they would at least be slightly reasonable about it, unlike the DCA's!
  11. Buzby summed it up. Basically, it is illegal to charge for something that is not provided (whether it's goods, or a service). They should have at least refunded you each month that you couldnt use their "service"... as a MINIMUM. Anything after that can be argued until the cows come home, such as the inconvenience, and the paying out for a working service etc.
  12. Thanks BK.. I'm not too worried, but its just a pain sometimes if I try a few times and cant access the forums. No big deal, it usually comes back a short time later.
  13. Even accesing CAG has been a bit of a problem these past few days, as well as the email notification (although I'm still receiving some of them). Anything else we should know?? (They didn't turn off the CAG hosting server too did they?!?! lol )
  14. Your ex-accountant is claiming from the company, not you personally. He, of all people should know how it works!! If he wants to TRY to take you to court, thats up to him, but it would be a waste of time, not to mention some hassle to you for a while. Did the company just stop trading, and you wanted to close it down? Or, was the company dissolved through the Official Receiver? If it was the OR, then contact them and tell them somebody is hounding you for payment... they will soon put the claimant right! Hopefully, you won't hear any more after. Regardless of how it was dissolved though,
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