Hello, welcome to the website. My name isXXXXX can assist you with this.
Ideally, they should not be too intimidating when they write like this, but they are entitled to chase debts that are outstanding to them.
Do you accept that the payment is due to the council?
Have you spoken with them to understand why they say it is due?
No I wanted legal advice first so I know what my rights are surely they are entitled chase debts but im also entitled to be informed that aim owing money and be given a chance to pay any monies if I owe anything in writing
Yes, you should have received notification from the council, then the court, about any formal proceedings taken against you. If you have not had this, then you could apply to the Court to set it aside. If this is via the Magistrates court, then you would write a letter to them explaining you know nothing about it and that you contest the debt (if you do).
If this is via the County Court, then you would need to make an application to the Court using Form N244.
however, before doing either, you should speak with the council and see what they say the position is. In the end, if you do owe the money, you will find it hard to set aside even if you have not had prior notice.
This is on the basis that even if you had have known, there would have been no defence anyway.
That is half my point I was only informed by the debt collectors when I first received a notice for bailiffs I was bullied and intimidated last year to pay over £700 and now again for over £500 I know nothing of this going to court or anything else I was just told by the debt agency that it had already gone to court and last year when I called them they basically said I had to pay or risk going to prison
Then you could write to the court to challenge it, it's a simple letter to the magistrates court that you need to do, saying why you challenge it and asking for a hearing.
Then speak with the council to resolve it if possible.
I need this matter investigated as I think someone is doing something not legal
I don't know what court it was or anything
Then you need to raise a formal complaint with the council first and foremost so that they can investigate what has happened internally. Ask them which court and they will tell you, so that you can get in touch with the court immediately. Or, the bailiff that sent the letter to you will be able to tell you which court.
I don't trust the council to do a proper investigation on this
Then you can request all the paperwork / figures upon which their calculation to tax is based. You can carry out your own investigation into the liability.
Can I take this to the ombudsman
If you do believe that is wrongdoing, then yes, but you ideally could do with looking at their papers first to try and find something to base your complaint to the local government ombudsman on.
The LGOs website is here: www.lgo.org.uk
Half my complaint is that I have no paper work no letters no bills nothing how can they justexpect anyone to come up with so much money when they knew nothing about it this is making me ill
That is a fair point, if they simply proceed to Court without telling you, although it's odd that you did not receive paperwork from either the council or the court. Have you moved address?
No I have been here a year and the council know this this is how I received letters from the collector's I notified the council I was moving in Feb 2013 and last year in August I had the first letter from the collector's for the £700 again with no prior warning
Okay, then it sounds like the council might be at fault at least for not writing to your new address if you notified them, if for nothing else.
So yes, there is a basis to complain to the LGO.
So are you saying that aim legally entitled to receive a letter and or bio explaining what aim owing and why
Yes, that's correct.
Sorry few spelling errors on my previous question what I meant was letters or bills
It's okay, I knew what you were asking :)
Ok well thanks for your help
You're very welcome. I hope you manage to resolve this promptly.