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Can I reclaim student loan and council tax bills after being lied to by SLC?


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Hi,

 

Unfortunately I only came to this website a month ago when I had a council chasing me for £5k for overpayment of housing benefit in 2001. I used one of the templates and taking advice from the many posts, and wrote back to them. I have not heard from them past 2 weeks, so I am not sure if this is a success or not! Lets wait and see!

 

Right back to track, I paid a student loan off in 2008 around £4k. This was the first time they contacted me after 10 years. The person who I spoke to (i have his name) basically lied to me that I still had to pay a student loan even though it was over 6 years. He stated because it was not a regular loan but owned by the government it had to be paid. So I did. Now after coming to this site, I feel that i have been shafted quite royally by the SLC of £4k (although in principle its money owed to them). Question is, can I take the SLC to court for misguiding me and lieing to me?

 

Secondly I paid a council tax bill of around £600 last year which was for 2001, again they tracked me down after 6 years. What is my case for recovering my money for this, if any?

 

Your help on this would be invaluable.

 

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Shanni

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As far as I'm aware, council tax does not fall under the 6 year rule and will be chased for indefinitely, the student loan however, does. I'm not certain if you can get it back once it's been paid. Someone will advise soon

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