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Normally I am able to solve my own problems but one has arisen that has me completely foxed.
It is a fact that when you make a claim for Pension Credit and you are awarded it, you are entitled to 100% Council Tax Relief. In all of the advice documents it makes it quite clear that you do not need to make a separate claim to the council.
OK so fast forward. Pension Credit claim is closed 18 months later under Reg 9 (failure to submit).
Income remains the same as it was when PC award made (all fixed pensions) so the assumption was that CT benefit should continue as before (100%) Then another claim for PC is made 15 months after the first one was closed. This is successful again.
During that period from when the 1st PC award was closed and when the 2nd one was awarded (once again on the same level of income) should a formal claim for CT benefit have been lodged with the council? If so who was responsible for advising me of this? The council I imagine.
As you know I have a large'ish debt due to the DLA/PIP situation - I was paid DLA , incorrectly, for 4 weeks longer than I should through no fault of mine.
Now the council not only want the Council Tax benefit back that they gave me for those 4 weeks, but also what they gave me in error for the 15 months in between the two PC periods.
I am arguing and able to prove that our income for that 15 month period was such that it would have supported a 100% CT benefit award if a PC claim had been made.
Any ideas anybody please? I am just about fed up with all of this. I've had 20 odd years of hell from the DWP, and now the council want to get in on the act!
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