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    • I got a letter saying the police have not received my form, license that I had to send off for 3 points, I have paid the £100 aswell, I sent the license off and form, on the 12th of November, and it got there on the 15th of November, it was signed by the court and it was photographed, for proof..   The letter states I have  an extra 7 days to send it in.. received the letter on the 24th of November...   what happens next? I cannot phone the number on the letter until Monday, its a Monday-Friday helpline...   The last thing  I want is them at my door for arrest, or even banning me from driving...
    • 3rd Try   STATEMENT OF  I Mr will say as follows:    INTRODUCTION  1: I am the defendant and state that the facts contained in this statement are true to the best of my knowledge.   2: There are several documents attached with this statement. (paginated)   3: The agreement was later assigned to the claimant on 29/09/2017 a notice of assignment, incorrectly dated (See Exhibit 1) was sent to the defendant. It is my understanding that the claimant is an Assignee, a buyer of defunct, disputed or bad debts, which are bought on mass portfolios at a much reduced cost to the amount claimed ...10p to 15p in the £1 and which the original creditors have already wrote off as a capital loss and claimed against taxable income. The claimant then issues on mass claims to circumvent and claim the full amount of debt to maximise profit.   4: As an assignee or creditor as defined in section 189 of the CCA this applies to this new requirement on assignment of rights. This means that when an assignee purchases debts (or otherwise acquires rights under a credit agreement) it also acquires certain obligations to the borrower including the duty to comply with CCA requirements (such as the rules on statements and notices and other post-contractual information). The assignee becomes the creditor under the agreement. This ensures that essential consumer protections under the CCA cannot be circumvented by assigning the debt to a third party.   BACKGROUND   5: The Claim relates to an Alleged Credit card agreement between the defendant and Vanquis bank.   6: Whilst it is accepted that the defendant has in the past had contractual dealings with Vanquis, the defendant is unaware of what alleged debt the claimant refers.   7: The defendant has requested on numerous times a copy of the CCA, the first time, claimant has replied back on 23/11/2020 (Exhibit 1) with a copy of the agreement and notice of assignment, the agreement being a printed out application form, followed by my another letter containing statements(not enclosed). Defendant then again requested on the 07/12/2020 (see letter attached Exhibit 2) a copy of the CCA, claimant has replied back on the 28th Jan 2021 claiming that the evidence enclosed rebuts defendants defence and encloses a statement and default notice. (Exhibit 3) 8: The defendant stated in his defence that no evidence of the CCA has been provided. 9. The alleged account is £less that £200 over the credit limit but the default notice states that the arrears on the account is £200. Under section  87/88 of the CCA the default notice should not include unlawful fees in it sum requested. 10. The defendant sent a Subject Access Request letter dated 30/11/2021, on writing this witness statement nothing has been received.   DEFENCE:   11: The claimant has not provided a true copy of the CCA despite numerous requests being made firstly in September and secondly on the 07/12/2020 in response to claim despite stating in the letter dated 23rd October 2020 `please find enclosed a copy of the agreement. Should the claimant magically supply some form of CCA at trial, defendant would highlight why this wasn't provided, when requested, on numerous times before trial. Defendant would then highly stress to the court that this is indeed not the true copy of the executed Credit agreement.   12: There is no valid copy of an executed consumer credit agreement that complies with the CCA1974   13: The `so called ` copy of agreement stated in claimants letter dated 23/11/2020 is in fact stated as an online application and is no more than a log from either the OC`s operating system or one that has been constructed since with details from the account to look like an application. 14. The notice of assignment dated 11th May 2017 (Exhibit 1) states that the debt was sold to Lowell Portfolio I Ltd on the 29th September 2017. This is confirmed in 2 separate letters. One from Vanquis and the other from Lowell Portfolio I Ltd. Section 82A of the CCA 1974 states that the assignee must arrange for notice of the assignment to given to debtor. The above letters show that the notice of assignment has incorrect dates, thus rendering the notice of assignment invalid and thus the claimant has not acquired the debt correctly and thus cannot claim.   IN CONCLUSION:   15: Without a valid true copy of the executed Credit agreement that complies with the CCA1974 the claimant has no grounds on which to enforce this alleged debt and has in fact attempted to mislead the courts in to believing that they have the necessary paperwork.   16: The incorrect dated Notice of Assignments letters questions the ability of the claimant to maintain correct paperwork and thus the defendant is unsure what paperwork supplied is correct.   17: It is therefore requested that the Claimants Claim is struck out pursuant to the above.   Signed  Dated this day…….      Could you check out this part   "14. The notice of assignment dated 11th May 2017 (Exhibit 1) states that the debt was sold to Lowell Portfolio I Ltd on the 29th September 2017. This is confirmed in 2 separate letters. One from Vanquis and the other from Lowell Portfolio I Ltd. Section 82A of the CCA 1974 states that the assignee must arrange for notice of the assignment to given to debtor. The above letters show that the notice of assignment has incorrect dates, thus rendering the notice of assignment invalid and thus the claimant has not acquired the debt correctly and thus cannot claim."
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    • My site team colleague @FTMDave has now gone through the entire thread – or 238 posts across 10 pages. He agrees that on your first judgement you have claimed too much because you have included the entire cost of producing the rear patio when in fact you have only paid a deposit. Whereas your judgement is for almost £3000, your claim should have been:       And instead you claimed £2905 and got a judgement for that figure and for which you have just instructed the sheriffs.   Firstly, this clearly is an unjust result because as shoddy and as brutal as they appear to have been, the judgement should only have been for £795. Secondly, when you began the claim, you paid fees calculated on a claim of £2905 but the true claim fee should have been calculated on a claim of £785. This means that not only have you claimed too much in terms of damages but also you have incurred claim fees which were unnecessarily high. In my view this matter needs to be addressed and frankly I think the first thing you should do is that you should contact the sheriffs on Monday and tell them there has been an error and tell them to suspend the enforcement. After that I'm not too sure how to proceed and I have asked my site team colleague @Andyorch for his view about it. On the second claim, you were about to make the same error – but by a far more serious margin. In fact your margin of error was going to take you off the small claims track onto the fast track. Of course none of this has been helped by the failure of Lords to engage with the claim at all. However, the fact that they didn't mount a defence doesn't mean that you were entitled to the judgement which you sought.
    • Hi ref post #176 posted doc, I notice that no date is shown for hearing fee to be paid by? Is this usual for a phone hearing, given current circumstances? Working through lots of success and other posts re witness statements, not easy, "one size does not fit all", will hopefully post tomorrow Sunday. Thanks
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I know that the situation of benefits is very confusing so can I just ask that if you have an opinion as opposed to facts please dont stress me out any more

 

I have been in receipt of ESA since 2011 . This has now stopped because of my DLA ran out and no PIP has been awarded. (This might change but that will be in the future)

 

My Council has now stopped my HB completely

 

My understanding was that providing you had been class as having limited capability for work for a period of 26 weeks the HB could be paid for students

 

It really is the worst time of year for this to happen as no one seems to be working

 

I will be phoning the disability rights student helpline tomorrow (if they are open) to see what they say

Any opinion I give is from personal experience .

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Ive not heard of the 26 week. According to shelter, you can only get HB as a full time student if you are a student who is:

 

  • is a lone parent
  • has a partner is also a student and one or both of you are responsible for a child
  • is getting income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, or income-related employment and support allowance
  • lives in supported accommodation and is on universal credit
  • has a disability and qualifies for a disability premium or severe disability premium
  • gets a disabled student's allowance because you are deaf

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Apologises it is 28 weeks but these say I can

 

This is exactly the problem

 

students who are treated as being incapable of work;

 

https://www.thanet.gov.uk/your-services/benefits/housing-benefit/information-for-students/

 

From Turn2us

you have been unable to work due to sickness or disability for at least 28 weeks

 

https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Benefit-guides/Full-time-students-and-benefits/Can-full-time-students-get-help-with-housing-costs#guide-content

 

have or are treated as having a limited capability for work under ESA rules for a continuous period of 28 weeks (two or more periods of limited capability can be added together if they are no more than 12 weeks apart);

http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/housing-benefit

Any opinion I give is from personal experience .

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  • 2 weeks later...

Just a quick update

 

After contacting disability rights UK and with the help of Fkofilee who found me the email address for the CEO of the council

 

It took two emails to the CEO but I have today received an email confirming that my HB has been reinstated. I am absolutely delighted and it means that I can concentrate on my studies

 

For others reference the legislation is this

 

Regulation 56(1) and 2(ea) of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 provide -

 

“56.—(1) A full-time student shall be treated as if he were not liable to make

payments in respect of a dwelling.

 

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a full-time student–

 

…(ea) who has, or is treated as having, limited capability for work and has had, or been treated as having, limited capability for work in accordance with the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations or the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013 for a continuous period of not less than 196 days and for this purpose any two or more separate periods separated by a break of not more than 84 days must be treated as one continuous period;”

 

The regulations do not specify that ESA must be in actual payment.

 

What that means is that so long as you have the relevant qualifying period(s) you are classified as having limited capability for work and therefore qualify for HB . This should only stop if your LCW is stopped -I believe that this is only after a WCA

 

The other thing to bear in mind is that any student income is looked at when working out the benefit

Any opinion I give is from personal experience .

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