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  1. Thanks Jason, did they also attend the IUC with you? If you don't mind me asking what was your overpayment and sentence? Thank you
  2. Hi again, Does anybody know how much roughly it will cost for a solicitor to attend an IUC? Then the magistrates court if it goes that far? Just a rough estimate as I can't find any answers online x
  3. Hi everyone, Thanks for the advice, it greatly appreciated. We haven't heard anything yet, and I must admit I'm not doing to well at putting it to the back of my mind. Every time the post drops on the floor I think 'is this it?' I'm googling galore and terrified of it being in the papers!! Our relationship has been put under so much stress too. This has all be compounded by the fact that I have just found out I am pregnant with our 4th child (totally unplanned!) this pregnancy is going to be very stressful! I keep hoping the council will not pass the case to the DWP and accept our explanation but I don't think that's likely x
  4. Thank you My mind is still going ten to the dozen, I can't sleep, eat or function very well. With 3 young children I'm finding that very hard. My OH is telling me to snap out of. He thinks they won't prosecute him as it was a genuine mistake and they won't want him to lose his job as we would then be on lots of benefits as we have three children. I can't believe he's not worried, his name is on the claim! I don't think they will care about him losing his job and us going back onto benefits?? Also someone else mentioned a change of name... If it came to court could OH change his name by deed poll and update everyone (court, council, hmrc , banks etc) but keep using his normal name with other people (just so work don't find out) also could he use a different address for the court things, so our address won't appear in the local paper? We would lose our rented house if that was the case. Thanks again x
  5. Also realistic how long do you think we will need to wait for the Iuc letter to come through? Baring in mind that the overpayment has already been calculated? Thanks x
  6. Thanks. Another few questions, sorry.. Have you known any cases of just a penalty/caution being given in our situation? Have you dealt with any similar cases to ours and what was the outcome of them? Thanks again x
  7. Thanks shoelover, with regards to the overpayment being from a different council in a different county, do you think it might be likely that they will have the hearing where we used to live as the council may be involved? Can I post another thread to see if anyone else has been in my situation? Thanks again x
  8. Hi again shoelover, So would a £5500 overpayment not usually be classed as a high overpayment for the local papers? Our overpayment occurred in a different county and from a different council to where we are living now so do you think this could also make it less likely to appear in the local paper where we live now? Are you sure that as the overpayment was in a different area that the court case won't be held there? Our local paper always has a double spread of 'around the courts' action and it usually includes drink driving offences/speeding which I would not class as really interesting. I do not condone drink driving though! Also, what are the other circumstances that would make our case unsuitable for prosecution? Thanks x
  9. Thanks for your help guys. If you could paste that link for the partner issue MM I would be very grateful. Also, shoelover, you mentioned in a previous post about other circumstances which may make our case unsuitable for prosecution? What are those? Also, when you talk about cases that go into the local paper, what would be circumstances that make a case seem more interesting for the paper? MM, in your experience, and being honest, what do you think will happen in our case? Thank you, your help is so much appreciated x
  10. MM, I am not mad at all! I'm very grateful for you taking the time to help and advise me. I would much rather people are honest, this is why I have come into this forum for help x
  11. Yes, I would rather get honest replies of course. I'm going to just tell the truth about the situation.. I'm in charge of the finances and I thought the information would have been given to them by tax credits/paye automatically and that it came as a complete shock that we've been overpaid. I'm not going to say I knew what I was doing and admit fault in this way as this is certainly not the case x
  12. I would rather have all the information I can possibly have now. Along with people's experience and thoughts on what will happen to us. Thanks for adding the thread it will be a useful read.
  13. Hi mikeymack, do you mean if my partner changes his name by deed poll so another name appears in the paper? Sorry I'm a bit confused! Do you mean other claims such as tax credits? Or previous housing benefit claims that may be wrong? So I, as the partner, can still be prosecuted if I take the blame? Thanks
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