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A subject that I know very little about.
A friend who receives Guaranteed Pension Credit owes some Council Tax.
?The debt relates to three small balances due for 2009/10 (£344.77), 2010/11 (£261.95) & 2011/12 (£317.44). He accepts that he owes this money.
?He has a Liability Order in force for the 2009/10 debt which is being collected via a deduction from his Pension Credit.
?As for the following two years debt he has, with my help, submitted an Income & Expenditure Statement which clearly shows that there is no more than £5 a week surplus.
The council are demanding that he finds £30 a week and will not accept the £5 offered.
?Are there any grounds to tell the council to 'fly their kite' and force them to accept was is offered? Threats of legal proceedings have been made by the council if their offer is not taken up.
?Surely given that he is on a means tested benefit and that they are already having direct deductions made they can't force him to pay more out of what the State says he needs to live on?
?My own view is for him to start paying the £5 a week and to tell them politely in writing that that is what he can only afford - otherwise they should take him to court.
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