If you can afford to pay the £349.27 it may be advisable to pay this and argue about process afterwards. You had a UK address on UK records and they chased the debt, which was their job, for which they are allowed to add their fees.
Not doubting you may have perfectly reasonable issues with the process, but there are ways you can raise it as a complaint, which may then result in fees being refunded, if your complain is upheld. These HCEO companies will just continue until they receive the fees they believe are due,
From Richard Horton of the Lancet on Twitter earlier.
richard horton @richardhorton1
It’s wrong to say we don’t have an exit strategy from lockdown. We do. What is missing are the plans for its implementation: surveillance, early detection, isolation, contact tracing, monitoring CFR, social mixing, and real time estimates of Ro. These questions should be asked.
It just shows you what a load of idiots they are.
Monitor the return date and put in for judgement as soon as it lets you.
Don't be surprised though that despite all the disruption in the virus et cetera – they will find a moment to put in an acknowledgement and then eventually a defence. This is the way they prioritise things. They spend more effort on defending their wrong doings than they do getting things right.
Hello Unclebulgaria 67 and London 1971,
Thank you both so much for your replies, it cleared my confusion about the new rules.
I am not entitled to Universal Credit due to asset or ESA as I was advised by the national insurance office about 4/5 years ago that as I had paid NI during all my previous years on PAYE, that I didn't have to pay and it was optional, I took the option not to pay anymore but didn't realise there would be consequences as not being able to get ESA now.
I am in receipt of PIP as Macmillan applied for me and were successful and I am appreciative of that.
I have been self employed for approximately 5/6 years and have submitted my tax returns via an accountant to HMRC. I'm hoping I get selected for the new payment in June.
@BritanniaLtd Coronavirus: Britannia Hotel made staff homeless in 'admin error'. Read more at https://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/topic/420603-britannialtd-coronavirus-britannia-hotel-made-staff-homeless-in-admin-error/
Shocking pictures reveal ‘disgusting’ conditions inside Hermes depot where workers ‘feel like slaves’. Read more at https://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/topic/419726-shocking-pictures-reveal-%E2%80%98disgusting%E2%80%99-conditions-inside-hermes-depot-where-workers-%E2%80%98feel-like-slaves%E2%80%99/
Euro Car Parks issued this ticket to the police in Devon and Cornwall. Read more at https://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/topic/419522-can-anyone-identify-the-parking-company-which-issued-this-ticket-to-the-police-in-devon-and-cornwall/