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    • Thanks DX.  I've ploughed through the pages and dug out what I feel are the relevant ones. Obviously, some of these are duplicates of what I've put up before.  Anyway, I would be hugely grateful if someone can look over and advise. Reading though other posts and on other cases that I've had help with from here, I don't think they have much of a case - given the weakness of much of their "evidence" - but obviously I would be grateful for some expert advice from the helpful souls on here.    Thank you.    B   Witness Oct19_redacted.pdf
    • You came here for advice, soem advice has been given adn you question the validity and source of that advice. We are all lay peopele, ie not giving professional advice but it is based on experience of the world and in some cases working in the field that advice is given on. Now you dont have to take our advice, we wont get the huff if you prefer to look elsewhere or do something else. when I asked what you think they would do with your NI number it is to prod you to think for yourself and question why they would ask for this when there is nothing legal they can do with the information so wouild you be wnating to give it to them knowing that they would want it to break the law if they processed it. Now you can take that up with the company at the top but TBH unless you want to spend money on a lawyer they will not answer the question or fob you off with some ridiculous answer anyway.   so for the moment read a lot about  RLP and similar situations to yours ans make particular note of what happened to the peopel in the end. You will find no threads theat ended by saying " thanks to you I gor sued by RLP and owe them a fortune". It isnt going to happen and the reasons why are explained in many threads. They rely on your feeling of guilt to get anywhere
    • you need to respond to their letter saying that you belive that you ahve been paid correctly ( or underpaid if you are due a small amount of accrued holiday pay etc) and demand that they show a full account of what you received, when and why and how they arrived at this figure. You then reconcile that with your P45 and use the figures to bat off any furhter demands if they still akke one. Come back if they dotn drop the matter and give us the full breakdown on hours worked, hourly rate, gross pay, tax paid  etc
    • @dx100ukI never got a response to my SAR from Octopus.   But I have just received a 'letter before court action' from one of their legal representatives, who have been "instructed to consider legal action against [me] if full payment, a settlement or your proposals to make suitable repayments arrangements are not received in the next 30 days."   I'm reading the threads now. Any advice on how to proceed? 
    • I would say let them do their worst, it will surely backfire on them. Now with restrictive contracts that stop you working fro competitors- these are notoriously vague so often not worth the paper they are written on. also they have to be fair so for example if there are only 2 companies in the UK that make a certain product your employer cant say you arent allowed to work for the other one. If you were for example trained as a hairdersser and you were going to open a salon in the next street to your ex employer then the restriction would apply if worded correctly. Dont panic about this, your new employer will be au fait with the situation and time spent worrying about a nastly letter will in their eyes take you eye off the ball so concentrate on the new job.
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I had a small leak & across the road the elderly lady was having her roof replaced they seemed to be doing a good job,

I asked if they could come & look at mine.


Big mistake he said the batons needed replacing, re felting & insulating & my tiles put back on as there is nothing wrong with them,

for the whole roof he quoted £3,800.00, told me it would take 3 days,


the first day he asked for £300

then the next day another £300

& the day after another £300,

then he came back same day for another £100.


Then the next week because it was held up by bad weather he asked for another £1200 on the condition he finished the job,

then the next week my roof still no further on he said he would be getting the lads to finish it the next day & could I give him some more money,


I said no only when job is completed,

he went away came back later & said he would put new tiles on for the same price if I gave him another £1200 for the new tiles


I did in total

he has had £3400 off me & keeps saying he will give me receipts which he hasn’t although I wrote it all down.


Monday my tiles at the back started to be put back on & he came & asked for money to pay the lads on the roof

I told him he isn’t getting another penny until the job is completed,

then later that day the lads walked off as they hadn’t been paid.

It has been over three weeks now..


He came yesterday to apologise

I told him I had had enough to just put my tiles back on the back & to please leave me alone


I don’t want him doing the rest of the house

I live in a bungalow so there are the back side & front,

I just want rid of him I know I will lose money but his constant harassment is making me ill.


Then then he said the polish lads that he had on the roof had broken a lot of my tiles,

so he would have to go to a reclamation yard to see if he could get some to match they are old clay tiles.


Please don’t lecture me on what I already know I’m stupid for falling for it & even stupider for giving him money without a receipt.


Please if anyone can give me some advice on how to handle this

I would be so grateful as I am a pensioner & can’t take much more.

I’m getting frightened of him coming to my door asking for more money.


The elderly lady who he put the new roof on came across yesterday in tears he hasn’t finished hers completely as some tiles need cutting in & ridge tiles replacing, he is harassing her for money as well she has paid him over £8000.00


Please any advice as to how to go forward will be so appreciated.

Thanks in advance



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As you are a pensioner and paid a lot more then what you got, next time he shows up call the police and tell them you're frightened.

Go on a local community forum and ask for help, you'll be surprised how many people help pensioners in exchange of a good cup of tea and biscuits.

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