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Hi C,A,G ers Hope some one can help

 

I have been trying to apply for council tax&housing benefit for about a year

 

this was has been draw out as my twins now nearly 3 were born prem with complications abroard

& we have only just got in to the system,

 

Being British from birth myself this has been a joke!

 

The council informed me that they were taking me to court in August,& there was no point in going as I would not get a say!

 

I had a job interview booked on this day as well,so I was unable to attend as I needed the work,

 

The council were still asking for info at this time

they sent me a summons which I did not understand

and I had not heard from them & had to enquire as to the out come of the court date,

 

they sent me a means form which I filled in & made them a payment & now with out warning

the baliffs have sent me a letter

 

what can I do as I cant pay the back dated or the advanced council tax bill??

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We need more information here. It sounds to me like you have applied for CTB (Council Tax Benefit) but because it has not yet been awarded the council has chosen to take action against you for non-payment of your council tax. They've told you there was no point in attending court as you would not get a say - why on earth would anyone say something so obviously untrue? Are you sure you understood this correctly?

 

Could you elaborate on your HB/CTB claims? Why has it taken a year to process?


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Yes i asked them twice & got the same answer off two advisers, that if I went to court I would just be asked to fill in a means for & that was that.

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Right, well that's not good advice you received - a "means form" (I'm guessing they meant something along the lines of a statement of your income and expenditure) might well help you in court, and the council should not discourage you from defending yourself in court.

 

But there's still more missing from this picture. Could you explain more about how this situation arose? There are people here who can help with bailiff issues, but from a benefits point of view, I'm curious as to why it took a year to process a CTB claim. Or was your claim declined? If you've been refused CTB, what reason have you been given?


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rosty, I would suggest you post here regarding the benefits situation and for advice about that issue only.

As for the bailiffs, CAG has an excellent bailiff advice forum which you can find HERE. Post there for bailiff only advice. There are many things you can do and would do well to know about bailiff action, that forum will help you. I used to advise there regarding vulnerable people and can testify to the quality of advice. If I'm feeling up to it, I'll try and look out for any thread you start there.

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as it stands

the bailiff has not attended so no fees

 

ring the council and tell them the ball is in their court

could they please ensure the bailiff knows this

and why did they send them when it is not your fault!!

 

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