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    • Might be worth talking to local Council Housing again about options, if your Mother is unable to occupy the house for a period due to essential repairs being required.  But find out from landlord first whether they can confirm in writing if alternative housing is available while the house is undergoing works.  The landlord might not have any other properties available or is unable to offer any alternative housing options due to covid-19.    The landlord can increase the rent but there are rules regarding this.  See https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/private_renting/rent_increases   Guidance about homes being fit for habitation.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018/guide-for-tenants-homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018   Housing is quite a complex area and you might want to contact Shelter the housing charity, if the local Council Housing cannot assist first.     The work to the house is likely to take months and if  it is started in the next few months, given Covid-19 restrictions (social distancing), your Mother might find herself not able to occupy it over the Winter including the Christmas period.   I suspect many contractors such as electricians have a backlog of work due to the lockdown and when the lockdown is lifted, they will prioritise the work they have already agreed to.  The landlord may therefore struggle to arrange the works, unless they have friends who work for them regularly.     
    • Thank you. You haven't told us the value of the car. Also, who did you actually bite from – meaning which company or trading name did you pay the money to – what name appears on the receipt. Also, how did you pay? This has been going on for over two years and I am rather surprised that you've allowed it to go on so long. You probably will have to issue a claim – that it's probably only worth doing if you know that you can enforce the judgement. Have you checked the trust registry for other judgements against this company? https://www.trustonline.org.uk/ unfortunately it costs money to access the database – but I'll bet you that there are a stack of judgements against the company – and it would be interesting to know how many of them are ever enforced. Have you looked on Google and have you looked on trust pilot to see what is being said there? As far as I can see if, the TMO doesn't have any particular powers which means that if they find in your favour and the trader doesn't comply, then you have to bring a full claim and start again. With the financial ombudsman service, there is a fairly direct route to getting a judgement – although of course there is still always the problem of enforcement. I'm quite sure that a court would pay regard to the decision of the TMO and so I'm sure that your chances of success will be much better than 95% – and as I am sure that you have paid more than £600 for this vehicle, you would be able to transfer up to the High Court for enforcement by High Court Enforcement Officers – take a very rigourous approach to enforcement and whose fees are very high – typically £2000 – but to be paid by the defendant if the HCEO execute a successful enforcement. If they are unsuccessful then the cost to you is only about £66.   Will be very happy to help you with your claim and it would be fairly straightforward – but you will have to consider the risk factors which include your claim fee – a hearing fee (unlikely to happen) cost of transfer up to HCEO and the general hassle of doing it all with probably a fairly real chance of being unable to enforce the judgement. I don't know how much the claim fee will be because you haven't told us the value of the vehicle. In exceptional circumstances you can claim litigant in person costs at £19 per hour (I think). These are generally only available in the face of unreasonable behaviour by the defendant – and this may well be an example where the court would apply its discretion in your favour. So if you decide to bring a legal action then you should start trying to work out how much time you have spent on the whole thing – and make sure it is all moderate unjustifiable and not simply a money grab.
    • as long as these fleecers have your correct address then let them willy wave.   dx  
    • It's been a while since I heard from CRS but despite me requesting that they don't use my email address they still opted to send me an email saying they are preparing a file to send to their solicitors to issue a letter of claim because I haven't contacted them.   I sent off a CCA to the debt owners at the end of April but again I am awaiting a response.   No texts yet. Do I sit and wait and see?    
    • chargeback is 120days (total 540 days) - debit cards this is a section 75 under the CCA - credit card there is no limit other than 6yrs limitation.   dx  
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The Government is spending more money assessing whether people are fit to work than it is saving in reductions to the benefits bill, a damning official report has revealed

 

The study by the National Audit Office (NAO) found that the Department for Work and Pensions is handing over £1.6bn over the next three years to private contractors who carry out the controversial health and disability assessments.

 

But at the same time, the Government’s own financial watchdog has warned that savings in benefits payments are likely to be less than a billion pounds by 2020 as a result of the new tests.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-fit-to-work-assessments-cost-more-than-they-save-report-reveals-a6801636.html

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Anyone else not surprised?

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not surprised at all (more about control rather then money/massaging figures) oh and lest not forget the ATOS WCA is not fit for purpose

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Indeed, it's not about money. If ESA and JSA were both abolished completely it would make very little difference to the welfare budget, the vast bulk of which goes to pensions and Housing Benefit.


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Yes, but they are handing out taxpayers' money to their friends (and contributors to Party funds?) that is what being Tory is all about.

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Maybe what this is about?

 

....................... a White Paper, expected before the Budget in mid-March, is expected to provide for the abolition of the WCA with a new test to be introduced in its place ............

 

http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/9314/

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The fight not to show the mortality figures for those declared well enough to work who in a fit of clear petulance died just to prove the skilled assessors wrong says it all. The gov and its toady media trot out the few cases of people living a high lifestyle when claiming caught when surfing etc as the norm and push the image of welfare claimants as all scroungers when the bulk of claimants are pensioners and people working for the govs friends at such low wages they have to have their wages topped up. I was wondering if this top up could be regarded by the EU as an unlawful subsidy to UK firms?

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