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It's hard to say without knowing the exact content of the letter, what you have posted of the letter is pretty vague.

 

However if they were prosecuting you, you would be receiving a court summons. From what you have posted it seems they are saying it is an overpayment, they want it back and that's the end of it.

 

Except it's not the end of it. You can appeal their decision and the letter should advise you of how to do that - if it doesn't, tut tut council.....

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The overpayment letter usually comes first. If there is a summons to follow then it will at a later date- this is done by a different department. The overpayment letter should set out your appeal rights.

 

You could allways ring the investigation team and ask what stage it's at- or ask your legal rep to do it.

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thanks shoelover ... what im wondering though is what department could give me a summons? i have full council tax exemption and child tax credits. Is that a different department all together ? I was only interviewed / investigated by housing benefit ??

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A summons for criminal proceedings is issued by the either the councils legal department, or some councils use external "agent" solcitors, who are usually a private practice.

A lawyer would be have to be satisfied that an offence had been comitted, the offence was not time barred, the evidence was enough to be likely to secure a conviction and also that it was in the public interest to proceed.

All this takes a while.

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