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  1. Hi, the Council do not want proof of benefits, they have confirmed I was in receipt of them. They are being extremely difficult. It is simply because there was a delay in telling them of my new address, that is all this is about. I think they can't enforce it, but if they already have the Liability Order what can I do? The timeline is that between 9/09- 10/10 I lived at one address in Plymouth which was a student house. After completing my degree in June I claimed JSA and housing benefit. I moved to a new address in Plymouth at the end of October 2010. I continued my claim for JSA and housing benefit as I was entitled to do so. I did not immediately inform the Council of my new address then called them a few weeks later to tell them I had moved. I ended my JSA and housing benefit claim in March 2011 as I secured temporary full-time work. I was then forced to claim JSA and housing benefit again in April 2010 at my new address. I was entitled to council tax exemption. it seems because there was a delay in telling the Council of my move they are telling me I have to pay council tax from the time I moved into my new address until the time I reclaimed in April 2010. This is what the bill of £419.42 is for. It just seems so ridiculous that just because there was a delay in informing the Council of my move I now have to pay council tax for a period that I should be exempt from. Jake
  2. Hi, What Plymouth City Council is principally saying is that they confirm I was in receipt of JSA and housing benefit at my old address before I moved. At my new address, whilst still claiming, my situation remained the same and I was entitled to claim JSA and housing benefit. They accept I was entitled to do this but as I didn't tell them immediately of the move I have to pay council tax even though I was in receipt of JSA and housing benefit which ordinarily at that time would have exempted me from paying council tax. Jake
  3. Hi, I'm not sure what you're saying. But how do I fight this as I do not owe them the money because I was in receipt of JSA and housing benefit. Jake
  4. Hi, I was resident there, but the whole time I was in that property which was about 10 months, bar one month when I found some work, I was in receipt of JSA and housing benefit. The council say that I didn't let them know I moved there and that's why I must pay the council tax. This is incorrect because I did let them know. But how do I prove to them I did let them know? It was just a phone call to let them know I'd moved. It's almost impossible to prove and this was 6 years ago, it's their error. I also reaffirmed my address to them when I claimed JSA and housing benefit again, after a short break while I was in work. Jake
  5. Hi, Well I'm encouraged to hear this but what can I do? Do I need to go to court to get the Liability Order set aside? Jake
  6. Hi, Well I asked them to check their own records which will reveal that I was in receipt of JSA and housing benefit during the period they are claiming I owe this council tax for. After a number of emails they have now confirmed I was in receipt but because they allege I did not let them know I moved to a new address in Plymouth that I have to pay this money. I'm going on memory from six years ago but I know I let them know because I phoned them to update my records, and I reaffirmed my address with them again later on when I reclaimed. Back then I was entitled to council tax exemption not reduction. This was before they changed the system. Jake
  7. Hi, The letter I have is from a company called Equita and they are warning me that my debt may go to enforcement action. Jake
  8. Hi Guys, I have recently received a letter from a collection agency demanding I pay the sum of £419.42 in relation to council tax owed to Plymouth City Council from 2011. I have sent a number of emails to Plymouth City Council asking why I owe this money. After completing my degree in 2011 I was forced to sign on and claim housing benefit as there was no suitable work available. My degree was a complete waste of money, but that's a separate issue. After sending and receiving a number of emails they have eventually told me that the reason I owe the money is down to the fact I never informed them of my address change, when I moved out of my student house and into another house share. However, this is not true I remember distinctly informing them and this was reaffirmed to them again at a later date when I was forced to claim JSA again after securing a month's work. They have gone to the Magistrates Court and obtained a Liability Order, which I believe has been done falsely as I do not owe the money because I was exempt. I raised a complaint but they are not budging on their position. Is there anything I can do? Any help greatly appreciated. Cheers, Jake
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