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  1. I was waiting for the letter but wasn't sure when it would arrive because in previous years I've just ignored the letters and left them unopened. I am going to deal with this, but let's just say I'm get tired of being sent threatening letters for payment of something before I even get a flipping chance to pay it, and wish to stand up to the establishment in whatever small way I can.
  2. Received a demand notice for council tax today, demanding some payment by Monday!!! or I will lose my right to pay in installments etc... I am dealing with arrears and was awaiting a bill from the council regarding this years council tax so I could renogotiate with the debt collectors. But I didn't receive anything! So I managed to speak to someone today by phone and email and they are both say they wont accept my offer of a 12 month payment structure UNLESS I SET UP A Direct Debit. I'm (probably) going to set that up next week and (probably) going to pay them an installment this weekend, however I would like to know what rights I have with regards to this; if there are any possible laws I could pull out of somewhere that I could potentially use to write off my debt to the council for this year on grounds of something? I have told them by email they are in no position to demand anything from me at this point, because I never received any letter asking for payment in the first instance (which I would assume legally negates any power they can exercise through the current final demand letter they just sent me). I told them either accept my offer (pending any further arrangment for payment) or I will assume that I owe them nothing for this year. I can't prove I didn'r receive the letter though, but I honestly didn't. They can't prove I did receive it either. So my question is (pending any further payments and negotiations) is there a nice little legal loophole I can use to get out of paying council tax for this year on the above grounds? I guess not (probably) but worth a punt anyway.
  3. Thankyou Captain Obvious, I am well aware of this. However, unless I have the money to pay the charges in the first place then I'm not really in a position to claim anything back. Perhaps it's better if I challenge the system on all the above grounds I have highlighted instead. I am still waiting a response from the dental practise or the NHS about my advice to them to claim the costs back from the practise for substandard treatment.
  4. Well after a number of emails back and forth complaining I just recieved a reply from someone informing me that they are removing the penalty charge at least, but I still have to pay the dental charges (which I am disputing with the practise on grounds of poor treatment) and they have given me 90 days to settle the balance. So some progress..
  5. I have been on working tax credits for 4 years and I had a check up shortly after I started recieving WTC (I think) and they accepted my exemption then and i didn't receive anything after that so I assumed I was still exempt. But check ups are free! I was therefore unaware that I had to apply for an HC2 and assumed any treatment I got would be exempt. So no, I have never had an HC2. I have until monday to pay or there will be more charges, so I've emailed them again with the HC2 certificate (that they just sent me) and asked them to waive the charges. I am also in the middle of writing a letter of complaint to the dental practise, and informing them that I will not be paying for this treatment and asking them to write to the NHS to ask them to stop sending me threatening letters. Unless anyone has any other adivce, that's what I'm currently doing...
  6. eiDear CAG, Can you please advise me on how to deal with a dental penatly charge I recieved? The usual story: I thought I was exempt but I wasn't. It turns out exemption upon recipiency of working tax credits is only automatic if one is also in receipt of child tax credits or a disability allowance. Instead I have to apply for an HC2 certificate, which has arrived today and it turns out I'm fully exempt from all NHS treatment after all. Nonetheless, I now have a £60 dental charge and a £100 penalty to deal with! I have written to them and told them where they can shove it, and reminded them that extortion is a criminal offence. I don't know if I have a legal leg to stand on with that, but it's how I view this and a complaint to the relevant ombudsman will be placed. I can understand that if I don't know how the system works and I claim something on the NHS in error, without reading the small print etc. etc. then I've made a mistake and should be billed for the treatment. However: - I wasn't even given ONE chance to correct the error and pay the charges - the emergency treatment I recieved was lousy and I am considering filing a complaint in writing to the dental practise. I am booked in for further treatment at my regular dentist now, who are amazing. How do I deal with the previous charges then? Do I have to pay them and then claim them back? I am NOT paying the £100 penalty charge! Can I write to the NHS department and ask that they just waive all charges now that I have a form for exemption? or, Can I challenge the dental charges on grounds that I don't think the service I recieved was up to acceptable standard? How should I proceed? A straightforward situation where I thought I was exempt, should have been exempt, was exempt but a load of red tape and hoops to jump through nonetheless. Ridiculous...
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