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Bk Ray

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Dragon Red

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Subj: Re: Sharing Bank Account Info with Local Government, was I being a di*k?
Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 at 04:28:39 pm EDT (Viewed 144 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Sharing Bank Account Info with Local Government, was I being a di*k?
Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 at 03:46:42 pm EDT (Viewed 159 times)

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I think the only time they can legitimately demand copies of your bank statements is if you are applying for something like council tax benefit. In which case that is fair enough or else every tom dick and harry could do it.

Quite why they wanted you to pay them the same money again is rather baffling to me, perhaps its because most councils are so cash strapped that they pull shit like this in the hope that suckers will give them a few extra quid.

And you did right to withold the statements it is sod all to do with them. When my eldest was going to university she was "demanded" 2 or 3 times a year to submit proof she was a student in full time education. So I wrote to their council telling them, at length, to leave her the hell alone basically or I will involve her MP and explain that she is being unduly harassed. Many councils will back down reasonably quickly when the MP gets involved.

I got some bullshit reply essentially saying this is normal as many students leave full time education part way through the course and as such they expect their latest demand answered. So I told them it won't be answered until the next academic year and that if they take it further, I will gladly do that same. So far, touch wood, no trouble at the moment.

Yeah, they were trying to claim as the estate agent was shown by mistake, then they might have paid for it and given me an undue credit.

I found that response to be rubbish. No agent would pay council tax directly or if they did, it would be an agreement between the landlord and agent to sort that out. As I had paid them directly, I cut through the psuedo argument. I honestly do feel they were hoping to get another payment and 'lose' the extra few quid and bung it into another cost centre.

I know from history, working in central government, we hate MP referals. I got one myself when I had a case transfered to me with an MP complaint attached, from the office of a well known politician.

However, for the Council, the ombusdman may be best? There is a financial penalty I beleive. They did try and bluff me at this point, until I asked them to clarify if they had exhausted thier processes.

I don't know what it is, I just hate local authorities. I find them to be tin pot tyrants compared to the Civil Service or NHS.

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