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    • I'm on happy pills (anti depressants) but they aren't cutting the mustard anymore and I do need to see my GP soon to see if he can help in anyway. With regards to gambling it's so complicated; through my life I have made money (as well as having had some jobs)  being a "professional gambler" (gambling where the odds are in your favour - think card counting for example, fruit machines years ago for a long time.... Other things.) But I've also been totally compulsive at the same time. It;'s so entrenched in my psyche that it's hard to imagine just giving it up totally. I also have drug issues that have plagued me and it's a shame because I am fairly intelligent and could have been successful in life in theory but mainly due to those two things (and not really having any drive, ambition, whatever... I could go on and on but this isn't a therapy forum :P) I've not managed to. I'm 36 by the way. Cheers
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    • Hi.   I think you've made a good start by setting out in writing what you need to deal with. People should be along later to advise on how to deal with your creditors.   For the mental side of things, have you talked to your GP about getting some help with what's getting you down? Or support with the gambling issues?   HB
    • Hi people.   So I've managed to get myself into a sorry state financially. I'm insanely depressed which I guess is common for many. I don't think all of it comes down to the financial stuff but it is really crushing me now.   Facts: A lot of debt has been due to living on credit and gambling. I don't have a job. I know I should get one but I just totally despondant at the moment (due to many reasons). I don't expect any sympathy but I thought I would share this.   It's tempting to bury my head in the sand and wait for the inevitable calls from various collections departments but I want to be as proactive as possible. I think I've cancelled all direct debits so I don't get bouncing charges from the banks...   So onto the debts:   Loans livelend; £2400 was 4k 13% interest Bamboo £3000 (only just made the first payment this month) supid interest Likelyloans approx £3500 stupid interest  One payday loan for £200 I just got to cover some bills (knowing that I'd unlikely be able to pay it) - this is the only thing I haven't cancelled with the bank as they just take it from your card   Credit cards: Aqua approx. 3900 Capital one approx. 1200 Amazon approx £500 Paypal Credit Approx £1100 Overdrafts Santander £1500 Barclays £1k limit (I don't actually pay anything for this)   So all in all approximately £18,000     I also have a negative Paypal balance of £5000 but I don't believe this classes as a debt and I don't think they can do anything about this having read up on it quite a lot.   I guess my question is what is my best course of action. Should I look to do a DRO? Should I go bankrupt? (eurgh. Full disclosure I did this 15 years ago when I was 21. You think I would have learnt!) Should I write to each creditor and offer them £1 a month? Should I talk to one of the debt charities?   It is all my fault that I'm in this state but I also know that it's not the end of the world because they are all non priority debts. I probably am slightly behind on the council tax but not significantly.   I started claiming universal credit a couple of weeks ago and had my first appointment last week but managed to miss the next one due to not being able to sleep and then oversleeping and so I guess they've probably kicked me off that already and I might have to claim again.    So yeah. I take responsibility for what's happened but I don't see any way out. I've been very depressed lately due to this and other things. There is no one to "bail me out" and I probably don't need or want that anyway. Any advice appreciated          
    • Hi All,   I left the UAE 2 years ago. Have my bank clearance letter from HSBC.  I have been receiving emails from a company based in Hemel Hampstead IDRWW about money owed to the bank of RAK in the UAE which I’ve ignored as thought it was spam. I have now received a letter through the post saying the same thing (no idea how they have got my new address) that they are acting on behalf of RAK bank. I’ve never had an account with them but know how dodgy things are over there so would be nervous going back!.... Do I just ignore it or reply? It must be identity theft?  I am also nervous about travelling as I travel a lot & wouldn’t want to be arrested!!  I obviously have no intent on paying a debt that is not mine plus have no assets here anyway... Can they actually take me to court for something that isn’t mine??  Any info gratefully received.  Have spoken to citizens advice & they couldn’t help. Thankyou   
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Not sure we're to put this...

 

I am a social housing tenant and the property has been in severe disrepair throughout my tenancy.

 

 

My neighbour has the same issues except worse-faulty flue that has been left faulty for weeks.

 

 

Housing association does nothing.

 

 

we went on the councils website and did the whistleblow landlords form, didn't give my name or anyone else's.

 

I then start getting emails off my landlord to speak to me about I

t-the council only went and named me to them.

 

 

What can I do about that?

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I would suggest three things – and you might want to do all of them at the same time.

 

Number one write to your MP

begin a formal complaint to your local council and say that you want the complaint to go to the local authority ombudsman. This is something they will not be happy about and once they know that you are moving it right up, they will start to take you seriously.

If you get a reaction from your MP and you manage to take it to the local authority ombudsman then contact the news editor of your local newspaper.

 

 

I think that there is one more thing that you could do and that is if you are not satisfied with the progress of the roots I have suggested above, then I think you have an excellent chance of success in the County Court if you bought an action for breach of confidence.

 

I can almost guarantee you that the council would always shrivel up at the prospect of this because it would be extremely newsworthy and it would undermine their whistleblower scheme. In fact I would tend to suggest this option as an alternative for the local authority ombudsman route – although I would still be writing to my MP.


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I would suggest three things – and you might want to do all of them at the same time.

 

Number one write to your MP

begin a formal complaint to your local council and say that you want the complaint to go to the local authority ombudsman. This is something they will not be happy about and once they know that you are moving it right up, they will start to take you seriously.

If you get a reaction from your MP and you manage to take it to the local authority ombudsman then contact the news editor of your local newspaper.

 

 

I think that there is one more thing that you could do and that is if you are not satisfied with the progress of the roots I have suggested above, then I think you have an excellent chance of success in the County Court if you bought an action for breach of confidence.

 

I can almost guarantee you that the council would always shrivel up at the prospect of this because it would be extremely newsworthy and it would undermine their whistleblower scheme. In fact I would tend to suggest this option as an alternative for the local authority ombudsman route – although I would still be writing to my MP.

 

Written to my mp earlier, copied in a councillor and the CEO of the council. 😀

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Good.

 

I would wait a couple of weeks and then send an FOI request. You get exactly the same stuff as you would an SAR – but quicker and more cheaply. You can get an idea of the kind of discussions which are being bounced around. You can also ask for information as to how many reports has the whistleblower system taken over the past couple of years and how many incidents have there been of details having been released – and to whom. You won't get personal details, but you should get some statistics. It is all grist to the mill.

 

As I said, I'm quite sure that it is a breach of confidence and you can bring an action for it. Make sure that you got everything noted down and you keep a log of everything that happens. Also, make sure that you note any effects this has upon you either as a result of contacts and your landlord or any action the landlord might take.

 

Which council are we talking about here?


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