thank you for your prompt response.
My financial losses at this time are minimal, consisting of travel costs, telephone costs and postage. My main area of loss is with my reputation. I am a retired Nurse and ex member of HM Forces and as such someone people turn to for advise and/or support. I am frequently asked to countersign official documents. If this is held against me, I feel I would be unjust in my support of people.
I have not been threatened, but I do feel strongly wronged in being mentioned in their communications that I have committed such an offence. I am retired and disabled and therefore money is limited, but I do have a nest of a couple of hundred pounds for "eventualities" and consider this as one and would be prepared to spend this on taking action.
The Information Commissioners Office have already done this and found in my favour in that both the Probation and the Ministry of Justice and failed to respond within the determined time limits set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.
Thank you for that, I did not know that I could deal with this myself. I will take your advice and proceed accordingly. Many thanks for your help, it is much appreciated.