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Hello, welcome to the website. My name isXXXXX can assist you with this.
You can issue a claim online to recover the money due to you at www.moneyclaim.gov.uk
The issue fee for a claim of the size you're taking about is £27. This is the online fee, it is cheaper than doing it on paper in a local court.
It appears that this is going to cost me a lot of money, money I don't really have. I am a pensioner
and on limited income, I am worried that I will have nothing left of the money owed to me,
You can get a fee remission if you write to the Court, which I believe you can do via the online version, requesting it if you are on limited income and connote afford the court fee.
and am thinking that it might be better to forget the whole thing, after all I have been trying to get my
money back, and failed.
Whether you forget it or not is entirely up to you. It's a personal choice. There is hassle and effort that needs to go into issuing a claim, but there is no real way around that I'm afraid.
You could potentially sell your debt to a collection agency and let them do the chasing. They might pay you a percentage of what they recover - so you share in the proceeds. That is another option for you. But all options do involve some hassle I'm afraid.
Thank you for your help, but being in my mid 70's I really do not want anymore hassle than I already have had to put up with from the people who owe me the money. I am afraid I am going to have to face the fact that I have lost £500.00 . Mike.