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Buchanan Clark and Wells - Glasgow Council Tax Arrears

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A couple of days ago i received a letter from Buchanan Clark and Wells with the following content:

 

Pursuers - Glasgow City Council

Principal Sum - £1,056.00

 

July 3rd

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Our clients Glasgow City Council have obtained a summary warrant against you for recovery of outstanding Council Tax arrears. The amount payable including the 10% statutory addition is £1, 056. We have been instructed to collect this amount on their behalf.

 

Our clients have informed us that they are unaware of any legitimate reason for nonpayment of your Council Tax. Should you believe ther eis legitimate reason for nonpayment you must advise us immediately.

 

We must stress the urgency of this matter and request your co-operation in making immediate payment to clear your account.

 

etc etc

The last letter i received from GCC demanding payment of council tax arrived in early June (maybe late May) and claimed to be a "final reminder" although it was my first (this seems to be a tactic on the part of GCC - to put out all/first reminders as being final warnings) and i duly paid it off on the 18th of June. Then on the 8th of July (the letter was dated 3rd July) this letter from BC+W arrived on my doorstep. The figure of £1, 056 seems to me one plucked entirely out of thin air, not that that should matter as i am NOT in arrears, and i can only assume they are trying to get me to pay for an entire years worth of Council Tax despite the fact that i will only be living in Glasgow for another 3 months (until September) and that they are well aware of this fact given that the lease on my flat lasts only until September and it is only through the fact that i took out this lease that they are aware of my existence in Glasgow in the first place.

 

I emailed GCC on the 8th of July when the letter arrived informing them that i was not in arrears and paid off the sum for the last letter received from them and have not yet received any reply.

 

Can anyone advise me on how to deal with this? I'm hoping i can look forward to soon receiving an email from Glasgow Council admitting there has been a cock up but reading around i see that many people have had bad experiences with this kind of stuff and particularly with Buchanan Clark and Wells (who seem, quite bluntly, to be quite a scummy group) so i'm a bit worried as to how this might carry on and turn out.

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thats a first

a council using a dca rather than baliffs to collect

 

by what authority i would like to know to the claim 10% statutory addition

 

i know this is scotish law but smells rather bad

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