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HELP! Council accusing me of STARRING IN A FILM whilst on JSA and claiming C.Tax Benefit


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Cut a long story short I had an interview under caution as I was being accused of claiming benefits I was not entitled to namely Council Tax.

 

I was off work for 6 months and on ESA benefits & council tax, but went back to work on a part-time restricted hours basis. DWP said I was entitled to the benefits as my hours were low - but I stopped claiming ESA.

 

I was then made unfairly redundant and received no pay from my employer for 5 months and claimed JSA as I was unemployed.

 

I told the Council Fraud squad this, and they accepted it was not fraud, but wanted all the money back + 30% which I paid in instalments. But they included the 5 month JSA period, They never supplied me a breakdown of how they arrived at the figure which was a whopping £2,350.00 - when I questioned this figure and found they had overcharged me by £234.00 + the £70 for the 30% overcharge they said:

 

" You were working as a teacher and claiming JSA and STARRING IN A FILM!!!' - What the hell?

When I asked them where they got this info from I got no response, I kept writing to them, they sent me a letter 3 months later saying"

 

"You have taken too long to query this and we will not reinvestigate"

Followed by "You have 14 days to pay in full or a summons will be sent and you will have to pay an extra £100 + a WHOLE YEAR'S COUNCIL TAX UP FRONT' in a magistrates' court

 

DO I HAVE A CASE IN COURT?

I'm very good at maths - and they actually owe me £70 due to the fine being disproportionate.

 

If it goes to court surely they have to evidence their accusation yes?

 

If anyone has any good advice - I would appreciate it!

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