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    • I phoned their solicitor and requested a tomlin order. They said they’re open to it, how much was I offering and on what amount. I said the full amount without interest. She said I had to fill in an income and expenditure form and then she’d mention it to npower and see what they said , but she said they’d be unlikely to agree to the amount less interest and at a low figure, which I don’t know what kind of figure they’d be looking at but it’s limited how much I can offer at the moment.  Am I right to fill in the i and e form? And was I right to offer without interest or should I have agreed to pay that as well?
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    • County court name of which your submitting the N349...which would be your local county court ...your the litigant.   What do I have to do to apply for an order? You must complete form N349 (Application for a third party debt order). You can obtain a copy of the form from hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk If your claim is a Part 7 money only claim and was issued in the County Court Business Centre (CCBC) or County Court Money Claims Centre (CCMCC) you should, make your application to the court which covers the defendant’s home address. You can find this online at courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk   Speak to your LCC for details of payment.   https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/726426/ex325-eng.pdf   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/form-n349-application-for-third-party-debt-order   Andy
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    • Update:   A couple of weeks further along, and the charge has now been cancelled. In that regard alone the outcome is acceptable.   In the interim ...  There have been additional demands from CPP/PE in the most glorious and laughable obfuscated prose/legalese I have pressured PALS I have chased past correspondence I have contacted other Execs I have involved my MP who has now acted I had primed the local newspaper who was planning a piece this week   However ...   - PALS didn't respond until I complained in person after almost 2 silent weeks; then promised to help and a couple of days after that advised that the Hosp had said thye had no authority over the Parking Co. I told them the hosp had told them wrong, explained why and pressed them to go back ... since when I have heard nothing despite chasing them. - UHCW Trust Estates & Facilities Dir. is yet to respond, though contact was *only* a week ago. - UHCW CEO/Chief Administrator has never acknowledged/replied-to any of my letters/chases. - UHCW CEO/Chief Admin reacted immediately to MP letter however by passing it and my correspondence to Estates and Facilities Dir to deal with, who in turn replied to MP with cancellation, who yesterday copied that to me for confirmation received this morning.   Passing thoughts ...   - People who could/should have been dealing with it for the injured party elected not to. - PALS has good intentions but is useless if they don't have a leaflet on it - will follow the Hosp line on everything else without questioning their words. - The Trust's Administration is not approach-friendly, in this instance stating "... car parking managed by a Private Finance Initiative Service Provider"  and that therefore  ".. Trust has no power ...  in the processes applied by CPP .." Oh, really?!  - Trust accepted CPP's word that the equip't was not faulty as claimed, not the rather more reliable word of a visitor having been put to considerable inconvenience at 5 a.m.and who went to some length with staff to deal with it instead of buggering off home. - CPP "have agreed (to cancel) as a gesture of good will." WHAT?! THEIR good will? THEY are willing to let MY failings pass and kindly make allowances? Couldn't be more self-delusionarily wrong!   Sadly, I can guarantee that what is actually important in all of this will not get any attention   - providing an alternative payment method for patients/visitors for when the equipment malfunctions ... at any time not just the wee-hours ...  and tell staff ...  and put notices up. - UHCW taking any notice of their culpability in CPP's unlawful breaching of GDPR in accessing keeper details now that it has been brought to their attention. Head In Sand.       All of this comes of course from pulling-up the drawbridge and deny, deny, deny. It is the knee-jerk response of almost all large organisations, but one for which there should be no place in a Hospital Trust that should strongly want to distance itself from uncaring attitudes and irresponsible practises.   Anyway ...   Anyone finding this because of a similar issue of their own, my strongest advice is to heed the advice given to you on this forum - it put me straight on to the right path and got rid of some nervous uncertainties which makes all the difference to peace of mind, something that CPP relies on to add pressure for those who aren't aware of what's what.   My thanks again to all who kindly helped.            
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Discretionary Housing Payment

 

 

What is a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)?

 

Each Local Authority is given a pot of money each year to help people who qualify for Housing or Council Tax Benefit, but are having trouble paying their Rent or Council Tax. The Council decides who should be given the payments. When the money for the year runs out, no more payments can be made.

 

What can a Discretionary Housing Payment Cover?

 

A discretionary housing payment (DHP) may be used to pay for:

 

Ø Rent deposits.

Ø Rent in advance.

Ø Rent arrears (but not if you were receiving enough housing benefit to pay all of your rent at the time the arrears built up).

Ø A shortfall between housing benefit and rent.

Ø Reductions in housing benefit, after changes in April 2013 known as the 'bedroom tax'.

Ø Reductions in local housing allowance resulting from changes from April 2011.

 

A discretionary housing payment cannot be paid if the reason for shortfall is that your housing benefit has been reduced to recover an overpayment or because your other benefits have been reduced, for example, because you left your last job voluntarily.

 

What do the Council take into Consideration?

 

The council will usually take into account any special circumstances that contribute to your financial difficulties, for example, if:

 

Ø You have to pay child maintenance.

Ø You have to pay legal costs.

Ø Your heating costs are high as you spend a lot of time at home because of sickness or disability.

Ø You have additional travel costs because you travel to a doctor or hospital or you care for a relative or friend.

Ø Your work-related travel costs have increased because you had to move as a result of cuts to in the local housing allowance.

Ø You are likely to become homeless if a payment is not made.

 

How can you Claim Discretionary Housing Payment?

 

You will need to contact your Local Councils Benefits Section and request a Discretionary Housing Payment Application Form and complete it and return and await decision.

 

The criteria for the Discretionary Housing Payment and the Application Form is set by each individual Local Council therefore the criteria from council to council will be different throughout the UK.

 

What Information may you be required to send with your claim?

 

You may be asked for details of your Income and Outgoings. You could send copies of relevant bills or bank statements. You should also provide any information about your circumstances that make things difficult for you financially.

 

Can you Appeal if you don’t get a Discretionary Housing Payment?

 

There is No Right of Appeal to a tribunal if the Council say it will not give you a Discretionary Housing Payment, but you can ask the Council to have another look at its decision.

 

If that fails, the only way to challenge the decision is in the courts using judicial review. However, this is not always possible - get advice from a local advice centre about this.

 

Check with your Local Council to get an Application Form as each Councils form is slightly different

 

Note: Please also check Post #4 as it has Sources of Interest on DHP

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Claiming Discretionary Housing Payment - Housing Benefit Claimant Factsheet was published 7th January 2014 and can be downloaded from this link:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/claiming-discretionary-housing-payments


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DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENT

 

SOURCES OF INTEREST

 

DWP - (2013a) Discretionary Housing Payments: Guidance Manual.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/184207/discretionary-housing-payments-guide.pdf

 

DWP - (2013b) News Release, 30 July 2013 Spare Room Subsidy: Funding Update.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/spare-room-subsidy-funding-update

 

DWP - (2013c) Housing Benefit Circular S6/2013.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hb-circular-s62013-discretionary-housing-payments

 

DWP - (2013d) Use of Discretionary Housing Payments. Analysis of Mid-Year Returns from Local Authorities.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/268411/use-of-discretionary-housing-payments-dec13.pdf

 

DWP - (2014) Housing Benefit Circular HBS1/2014.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/275971/s1-2014.pdf

 

Hansard - (2013) HC Deb 5 Dec 2013 : Column 1101 Autumn Statement.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm131205/debtext/131205-0001.htm#13120554000002

 

Scotsman - (2013) SNP Faces Showdown over Bid to Beat Bedroom Tax, 3 February 2013.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/snp-faces-showdown-over-bid-to-beat-bedroom-tax-1-3292222

 

Scottish Affairs Committee - (2013) Scottish Affairs Committee - Fourth Report. The impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: Interim Report. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmscotaf/288/288.pdf

 

Scottish Government - (2013) A Budget for Scotland’s Future. News Release, 11 September 2013.

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/A-Budget-for-Scotland-s-Future-400.aspx

 

Scottish Government - (2014a) Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: 1 April to 31 December 2013.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0044/00443672.pdf

 

Scottish Government - (2014b) Scrap ‘Bedroom Tax’ help cap. News Release, Monday 4 February.

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Scrap-Bedroom-Tax-help-cap-8ee.aspx

 

Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee - (2013a) 19th Meeting 2013, Session 4, Official Report, Tuesday 19 November 2013.

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=8658&mode=pdf

 

Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee - (2014) 1st Report (Session 4) 2014: Interim Report on the Bedroom Tax. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/72586.aspx

 

Welsh Affairs Committee (2013) Fourth Special Report - The Impact of Changes to Housing Benefit in Wales.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmwelaf/1012/101202.htm

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