Monthly Archives: April 2012

Medway council “take no prisoners”

We have been following a report regarding the disgraceful way medway council and its legal dept have been pursuing a former soldier suffering from well documented mental health issues resulting from service to his country. Today i will outline briefly the case however we are preparing the text to inform everyone of the full disgraceful facts that go with this case.

A former soldier from medway who has been battling combat related post traumatic stress dissorder, social anxiety disorder and clinical depression has been forced to stand trail accused of benefit fraud. However straight forward this case must seem there are in fact some very serious concerns about the way the investigation has been handled. Along with these concerns a number of agencies have expressed their support for the veteran as it has emerged that medway council Who were fully aware of the soldiers mental health condition had ignored there guidelines and indeed the instructions if the Police and criminal evidence act. It has emerged that the veteran had been under the influence of his very strong medication, so much so the veteran does not remember the interviews taking place. Medway council investigators ignored SOPs and refused to accept that the veteran needed or indeed required a “responsible adult” to be present.

The veteran who we will not name at this point has supplied evidence to medway council and namely the legal representative Mr Alan Conroy, however this medical evidence (which we have viewed) has been brushed under the carpet by the legal representative.

Today we bring you this case to make you aware however we will be publishing the full interview and all relevant information to demonstrate the disgusting lengths Medway council will go to in order to prosecute.


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Selling you to kent police

So just when you think Kent police are upholding the law of the land and working in tandem with the local authority Medway council, you end up finding a real kick in the teeth!!

What do you mean i hear you say??

Well let us show you!

Some would say if you have committed fraud then you have broken the law, i mean once its been identified you have broken the law surley the police should be brought in to prosecute yes? Well according to a joint policy between Medway council and kent police , you are seen as a profit making machine for kent police! Just check out this paragraph extracted directly word for word from the joint policy;

9.1. Kent Police will charge the local authority the standard rate of £212.65 per arrested person for each suspect arrested and subsequently dealt with. This charge will include all costs for arrest and detention, interpreter’s fees, medical advice, use of audio and visual recording equipment, photographing etc. It will be the responsibility of the Area’s Business Manager to raise the appropriate invoices based on return from the Custody Inspector.

9.2. The LA will identify the name and address of whom the invoices should be sent to. Payment terms will be in line with Kent Police normal procedures. In exceptional circumstances the costs may be greater, but this will be agreed in advance with the LA.

9.3. If the police have an interest in the arrested suspect and also wish to interview the person, any charge may be waived.

For those who would like to see for themselves check out the policy here;

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Medway Council cutting corners

So here we are again! More problems with benefits.

Are you getting those annoying letters from Medway Council ? Those letters telling you they have overpaid you? Well guess what your not alone and trust us when we say YOU HAVE got a chance to put them straight!!

How ? we hear you ask.………

Well if we told you the correct sequence of events for overpayments you can then asses the way you were handled and go from there, if your still confused after this then simply email us and we will talk you through step by step to make sure YOU are not the victim again!

Ok here goes a crude step by step of what SHOULD happen.

1. Medway council identify overpayments made to you

2.medway council investigate the overpayment and find that you have been overpayed for one of two reasons;

A. “official error” has caused an overpayment (( official error being error on all parts by the council))

B. overpayment caused by the claiment ie YOU , maybe your information you supplied is incorrect or not upto date.

3. Medway council find through investigation that offical error has caused overpayment and YOU the claimant could not be expected to know you are overpaid ; the result of this would require the following to happen;

A. A detailed breakdown of your benefit account sent to you explaining they overpayment and whos error contributed to the overpayment. Medway council CAN NOT demand ANY of that money back!

4. Medway council investigate account and find YOU are to blame for the overpayment;

A. Medway council must send full breakdown of account and error explaing who is responsible for the overpayment, in this case YOU must repay the money.

So as you can see in the real world Medway Council will always and always have simply sent you a letter confirming overpayment has taken place and not even giving YOU the chance to find out who was responsible. They constantly request you start to repay this overpayment and in most cases take it direct from your benefit before you recieve it!

Why not take a look at just one freedom of information request that we have found regarding medway council HERE

How would you feel if i told you that some residents who have been found guilty of benefit fraud somewhere in the region of £20,000 have been given 45 years to repay that money at a rate of £12 a week on average!

Come on speak up let u know whats happening to you and lets fight them together.

Next week we will be interviewing a resident about his experience in court fighting medway council. Also dont forget to check. for all new and interesting freedom of information requests.

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Council abuse of rights and position

So Medway unitary authority are in their eliment, they have persistently hounded everyday residents and pushed them beyond all boundries. What does this mean for us then? Well we can be sure that Medway council will some how and for some reason cock up our housing benefit and council tax benefit for those who recieve it anyway.

So far since starting this investigation we have spoken with 49 families ! Yes 49!!!! All of which have been overpaid benefits within the last 12 months. Now for those reading this that feel its an easy mistake let me enlighten you.
Last month we found a document which contained minutes of a medway council meeting, this meeting was in regard to housing benefit and council tax benefit overpayments to medway residents, now this is where it gets interesting! Within the minutes we found that medway council currently view overpayments as a form of “income” ! Yes thats right a source of extra income. Now being rather sceptical we spent a month investigating the possibility of this being true and low and behold guess what? ITS TRUE!!

So how you ask?

Lets show you, when you apply for HB and CT benefit you apply using the forms supplied by medway council, once completed they are checked and verified by medway council, however when you are paid your HB and CT benefit the money comes directly from central government NOT local government.

Once you are overpaid medway council will identify this and inform you of how much overpayment has occured. This is the key part, MEDWAY COUNCIL although did not pay YOU the money they are responsible for collecting the money, money which DOES NOT have to be returned to central government!

So there you have it- benefit overpayments are a source of extra income for Medway Council. !!!

Click Here to view the document yourself

For those sceptical about this or those who feel we re wring watch this space as all documents and links will soon be posted.
Remember if you are having any problems with your HB or CT benefit from medway council please let us know we are here to help. We are currently dealing with many emails so please be patient.

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