I posted the cheque from the UK by first class post on 10 April from the office and we used a company cheque as I got the ticket while working. The council must have received the check within 2 -3 working days latest but they claim their received it on the 23 April.
the post mark is on the envelope that we sent the cheque in to the council. We have the usual office payment voucher showing 10 April approval, which we use for all documents. I was not even aware that the council was taking action until I returned and got a visit from the bailiffs the next evening at almost 7pm!
I sent a cheque for £172 paying the order for recovery in full on the 10 April.
The council claim to have returned the cheque and not cashed it due to it having reached them on the 23 April (even though that makes no sense given the first class postal service. The council forwarded the claim to bailiffs who will want to recover over £400 in total (including their expenses). I cannot afford paying bailiffs - I wish to avoid paying the bailiffs and want to pay the council what they claim I owe (£172).
yes I called my bank and they confirm the cheque has not yet been cashed.
Thanks for your answer. Kindly clarify for me teh following:
1. As I am not contesting the amount due of £172 and no bailiff action has be re-started since I appeled to the TEC (that was rejected today), then surely there must be a reasonable way for me to settle the debt amount without having bailiffs coming to visit and incurring another £300 unnecessarily!
2. I have the money to pay the council. How might I get the council to accept payment? Some website suggest that I should find a way to only pay the council and NOT the bailiffs to discharge the debt and avoid added on bailiff fees
3. I can prove reasonably that we posted the cheque by the 10 April. I am surprised that the council makes an unreasonable claim of receiving the cheque on 23 April - yet no one is giving me a forum to at least provide evidence in support of my case; when I don't have any penalty fees outstanding; I am not a repeat offender... yet receiving no benefit of doubt to at least substantiate my own case. So, what do I need to do to action a judicial review? The situation in completely unfair and biased.