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      We had a 10yr  finance contract for a boiler fitted July 2015.
       
      After a summer of discontent with ASG I discovered that if you have paid HALF the agreement or more you can legally return the boiler to them at no cost to yourself. I've just returned mine the feeling is liberating.
       
      It all started mid summer during lockdown when they refused to service our boiler because we didn't have a loft ladder or flooring installed despite the fact AS installed the boiler. and had previosuly serviced it without issue for 4yrs. After consulting with an independent installer I was informed that if this was the case then ASG had breached building regulations,  this was duly reported to Gas Safe to investigate and even then ASG refused to accept blame and repeatedly said it was my problem. Anyway Gas Safe found them in breach of building regs and a compromise was reached.
       
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      After a few heated exchanges with ASG (pardon the pun) I decided to pull the plug and cancel our agreement.
       
      The boiler was removed and replaced by a reputable installer,  and the old boiler was returned to ASG thus ending our contract with them. What's mad is I saved in excess of £1000 in the long run and got a new boiler with a brand new 12yr warranty. 
       
      You only have to look at TrustPilot to get an idea of what this company is like.
       
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    • Dazza a few months ago I discovered a good friend of mine who had ten debts with cards and catalogues which he was slavishly paying off at detriment to his own family quality of life, and I mean hardship, not just absence of second holidays or flat screen TV's.
       
      I wrote to all his creditors asking for supporting documents and not one could provide any material that would allow them to enforce the debt.
       
      As a result he stopped paying and they have been unable to do anything, one even admitted it was unenforceable.
       
      If circumstances have got to the point where you are finding it unmanageable you must ask yourself why you feel the need to pay.  I guarantee you that these companies have built bad debt into their business model and no one over there is losing any sleep over your debt to them!  They will see you as a victim and cash cow and they will be reluctant to discuss final offers, only ways to keep you paying with threats of court action or seizing your assets if you have any.
       
      They are not your friends and you owe them no loyalty or moral duty, that must remain only for yourself and your family.
       
      If it was me I would send them all a CCA request.   I would bet that not one will provide the correct response and you can quite legally stop paying them until such time as they do provide a response.   Even when they do you should check back here as they mostly send dodgy photo copies or generic rubbish that has no connection with your supposed debt.
       
      The money you are paying them should, as far as you are able, be put to a savings account for yourself and as a means of paying of one of these fleecers should they ever manage to get to to the point of a successful court judgement.  After six years they will not be able to start court action and that money will then become yours.
       
      They will of course pursue you for the funds and pass your file around various departments of their business and out to third parties.
       
      Your response is that you should treat it as a hobby.  I have numerous files of correspondence each faithfully organised showing the various letters from different DCA;s , solicitors etc with a mix of threats, inducements and offers.   It is like my stamp collection and I show it to anyone who is interested!
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Please help I need advice I have just been awarded middle rate Carer Allowance. I am now looking to make a good friend my carer. This person is claiming benefits. Will my choice effect their benefits?.

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:OlafJensen:

 

Assume you mean the middle care component of disability living allowance?

 

If your friend's in receipt of a contribution flavoured benefit the overlapping benefits rule will come into play. S/he'll get to keep the higher of the two benefits but can't have both.

 

If your friend's in receipt of an income flavoured, income replacement benefit, (ESA, IS, JSA) an award of carers allowance will count as income.

 

Some info about carers;

 

http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/carers-allowance-ca

 

Best wishes, Margaret.

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My friend is on IS therefore it would be classed as earnings I suppose. Is it true that you may earn £10 a week on IS? If so will that be p[aid out? I read the thread you posted and find it hard to understand. I am weary of claiming this now as I might lose more than gain here.

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My friend is on IS therefore it would be classed as earnings I suppose. Is it true that you may earn £10 a week on IS? If so will that be p[aid out? I read the thread you posted and find it hard to understand. I am weary of claiming this now as I might lose more than gain here.

 

On what basis is your friend currently claiming IS?

 

The fact that you have claimed DLA does not directly affect their benefits, however, if they care for you for 35 hours per week or more, they may claim Carers Allowance in addition to claiming IS as your carer. CA is not classed as earnings for IS, and is deducted in full from IS payments. However, he or she would be entitled to an additional Carer Premium on their IS.

 

This is why we need to know why he or she is currently receiving IS.

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:OlafJensen:

Are you able to tell us why your friend's in receipt of income support? Disability? Lone parent of a child under five? And I'm assuming you're talking about a friend. The picture changes if s/he's your partner.

Margaret.

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:OlafJensen:

 

From what you've written, should your friend become your carer his/her benefit entitlement will increase if the demands of caring for you, for at least thirty five hours each week, don't conflict with the incapacity for work.

 

Changed entitlement to income support if your friend's single and claimed carers allowance would be;

 

£136.00 per week (£71.70 personal allowance + £31.00 disability premium + £33.30 carer premium).

 

Your friend would receive unearned income of £59.75 carers allowance and £76.25 income support. The earned income disregard would be £20.00.

 

Margaret.

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