Legal Advice anyone?

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Coldscot
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Feb 28 2005 21:25
Legal Advice anyone?

I recently received a bill for 580 quid from Glasgow Sherrif Officers (at Large! I kid you not). I live in Finland now and moved away from Glasgow in 1999 (Jan). It's a poll tax bill and I have no way of 'proving' that I paid it. Can these people still ask for money after 5 years?

Any advice (constructive!) would be appreciated.

AnarchoAl
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Feb 28 2005 21:41

Edinburgh Claimants are very cool:

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Being harassed for Council Tax or other debts?

We have a leaflet out on paper about how to stop the sheriff officers getting your money and possessions. Send us stamped addressed envelope to get a free copy:

Edinburgh Claimants

c/o ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place

Edinburgh EH7 5HA

And get in touch if you are interested in joining the anti-sheriffs phone tree and in opposing the unjust council tax.

http://www.autonomous.org.uk/claimants/debtworries.html

You can also phone or email them:

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tel 0131 557 6242 ace 'at' autonomous.org.uk www.autonomous.org.uk ACE is open tues 1-4pm, sun 2-5pm

West Glasgow Against Poverty are also excellent and might help you (I'm not sure of their exact policy): http://www.oxfamgb.org/ukpp/db/index.php/browse/org.html?search%5BID%5D=245

Of course they'll only know about UK law as regards debt. That might be handy, but you should look for groups with local knowledge as well- details of debt collection laws for Finland would be handy, and you'll need to find out about any treaties that would allow them to come after you where you are (maybe the British Embassy can tell you?).

Here's some legal information, which looks like it should be useful if a little scary:

http://www.nationaldebtline.co.uk/scotland_factsheets/factsheet_03.php3

I hope that helps,. good luck!

Caiman del Barrio
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Feb 28 2005 21:42

Send them back a Finnish penny.

AnarchoAl
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Feb 28 2005 21:44

Oh, Glasgow City Council seems to be in the habit lately of trying to scare people into paying tax they don't need to pay. They still send you council tax bills even if you're on benefits or have a student exemption.

Coldscot
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Feb 28 2005 21:49

Thanks for the speed and quality of the replies. i will approach the Edinburgh group, thanks. Finnish Penny? Hey, this Euroland, 'cents' if you dont mind. I have no idea how they found me. I have lived in three different countries and had 5 addresses.

It's minus 20C here tonight!

Thanks again

Jason Cortez
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Feb 28 2005 22:59

The time limit on poll tax is ten years. So it has clearly expired. Do you mean Council Tax? This also has a ten year limit. If you have paid it, it is probaly a fuck-up in the system and it may be worth starting a correspondence with the council. It partly depends on the council's track record, on how far they're likely to go. I think it's unlikely they would purue this much farther the costs would be horrendous.