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    • Lining up my ducks and preparing my WS in advance. 1st draft below. Feedback appreciated. In the County Court at ************ Claim Number:***************** BETWEEN: Claimant: ********************** -and- Defendant: *********************** WITNESS STATEMENT OF ******************   I, *********, being the Defendant in this case, make this Witness Statement in support of my defence which is due to be heard on DATE at ************ County Court. I contest that the Claimant's claim is vague and unspecific. On DATE I made a written request to the Claimant requesting that the Claimant provides copies of all documents (true copy of the executed agreement and a copy of current terms and conditions encapsulating any variation) mentioned in the Statement of Case (Exhibit A). On DATE I made a written request to the Claimant Solicitors requesting that the Claimant provides copies of all documents (Credit Agreement, a copy of the Contractual payments under the terms of the agreement and the Default Notice) mentioned in the Statement of Case (Exhibit B). On DATE the Claimant’s Solicitors replied (Exhibit C) to my written request without the requested documents. On DATE the Claimant replied (Exhibit D) to my written request without the requested documents. The Claimants claim is based upon Defendants alleged breach of contract and therefore, the contract is entirely central to the Claimant’s case. CPR Rule 31.15 requires that documents are provided within 7 days from receipt of a written request. The Claimant has failed to provide any of the documents mentioned in its claim form. On DATE I contacted the Claimant and repeated my request for copies of documents as mentioned in the Statement of Case (Exhibit E). The Claimant has mentioned the Credit Agreement, the Default Notice and the Assignment in its Statement of Case and yet it has provided none of these documents despite my entitlement to inspect these documents or if they can provide originals for Court inspection. The claimant has provided a 'reconstituted' set of statements which are not original documents The Claimants pleaded case is that the Defendant entered into an agreement with ***************** under account reference ************, I am uncertain as to which account this refers to. It is accepted that I have had ****** Loans in the past, however, the account number given does not relate to any information I have, therefore, it is essential that I have sight of the agreement relied upon by the Claimant to be able to accurately identify to what the claim refers. I believe that the facts stated in this witness statement are true. I therefore ask that the Court orders the Claimant to provide copies of the documents and if the Claimant is unable to comply the proceedings are struck. Statement of Truth I ************, the Defendant believe the matters set out in this Witness Statement are within my own knowledge, except where I indicate to the contrary. Signed: ________________________________ Dated: ________________________________
    • Brilliant, that's reassuring.  Off to the Hermes forum now.
    • No, I think UK will get same deal as EU.  Main reasons for this are two sectors,  Defence and Financial Services.  US have huge levels of money invested in the UK, so they have a self interest in offering a trade deal as good as the EU.
    • @labrat I'll bet it isn't the subframe itself that's broken. It'll be the subframe mounting bolt(s) that have sheared off inside it. Because the bolt is seized inside the subframe, it effectively renders the subframe scrap. I suspect the garage are simply talking in terms the average customer is more likely to understand than going into the detail of it. The Golf, Jetta and Beetle, which are all mechanically identical, are notorious for it.    A smaller independent garage may have tried to get the bolts out, but you very quickly reach the point where time/effort/cost is simply not worth it and replacement of the whole subframe is the better choice.   Of course the OP could approach a salvage yard, either local or online, and ask about the cost of a good used item, which would be substantially less expensive than what I assume is the price VW are charging for a replacement.
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      Sorry for only updating you now, but after your guidance with submitting the claim it was pretty straight forward and I didn't want to unnecessarily waste your time. Especially with this guide you wrote here, so many thanks for that
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JSA after employment terminated due to incapability

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My wife is having her employment terminated by her employer due to incapability. She has severe rheumatism and dizzy spells and has been off work for over a year. She was working part time for 15 hours per week. If her firm terminates her contract will she be able to claim JSA?

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Your wife may hasve a choice, if her GP/Consultant states that she is not fit to work at present then she can claim Employment Support Allowance. If the GP states she is either fit or has some health restrictions then she can claim JSA.

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so may I ask flumps1976 please.....on jsa with health restrictions? would that mean that only work suitable and taking into consideration those restrictions would be the only work a claimant would be expected to take/do? and can that also be in relation to hours worked? sorry to hijack the thread, brother in similar situation to OP.

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My wife tried to claim ESA when her SSP period had ran out. She want for the infamous interview that they carry out and because she can lift her arms and dress herself they decided she would not be eligible. This was probably an unusual situation because she was employed at the time and it is an option to claim for ESA if SSP is no longer paid after the 26 week period. However, the interview by ASOS, as we all probably agree is an utter farce and doesn't cover things such as rheumatism or dizziness unless you are totally confined.

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Ruby Tuesday the restrictions need to be based on an indivdual basis, if the fit note states that person is fit to work but with restrictions then I believe the restrictions can be noted on the fit note by the GP.

The hours can be restricted if someone needs them to be e.g. someone has a condition that tires them quickly (ME, heart disease two that I can think of off the top of my head) but they could work for a maximum of 16 hours per week then that can be considered.

Then the restrictions on the type of work if someone suffers black outs then they would not be suitable for driving or work that involves heavy lifting.

But as I said it is considered on an individual basis.

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