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I was made redundant in Jan this year and obviously signed on. Now i work part time occasionally behind a bar, say 8-12 hours as and when required. Now being the honest guy i am i have always decalred this. They have then adjusted my benefit depending on how much i have earnt.

Now since May this year they have introduced a new system of checking the work etc. But i recently i notieced my payments were not correct.


For example if in the first week i earnt £30, they would reduce my benefit accordingly, and i would presume week 2 where i didnt do any work would be full benefit. WRONG. There new system automatically presumes i also worked in the second week when in fact i havent.


I only noticed this after recieving a benfit payment for £60. for 2 weeks money when in fact it should have been £100. The staff are unaware of this problem, and are now having to recheck every payment since January.


If you do part time work whatso ever, double check the figures they send you!

Halifax Bank - Owed £1599

23/3 - Data Protection Act sent

24/5 - Data Protection Act finally arrived

25/5 - Demand for repayment sent

04/10 Court bundle filed with court and Halifax


JAN 08 - Currently being harrased by debt collectors!

Mar 08 - New DCA - Stopped in there tracks

Jun 08 - And another

Jul 08 - Complaint made to HBOS

Nov 08 - My accounts been sold to a DCA

Jan 09 - New complaint issued against HBOS

Mar 09 - Halifax re-aquired the debt

Apr 09 - Applying for Hardship.


at least they removed 2 defaults in selling accounts! :D


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Part-time work that is regular can be part-time assessed, averaging your wages out weekly so that the benefit amount is the same each week and making it easier to budget. These reviews are not system automatic but manually input after a set period of part-time work declaration.

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