I am unemployed with fibromyalgia and other health problems and was signed off work by the benefits office.
I have rent arrears due to over payment by the housing benefit section and have been paying a small amount each month to clear the arrears.
Housing Benefit messed up my claim again for housing benefit and there was another over payment, i have apealed this and that was last year but because they have so many claims appealing there decision there a backlog.
My housing officer wrote to me asking me to increase my payment to £20.00 per week as this over payment has increased my rent arrears. I explained to him that i should be going to appeal soon this month or next and then the matter should be resolved but they want me to increase my payment each week whichi told him i cannot afford to pay as i am on Incapacity benefit and am living on a low income.
He spoke to his manager and they wrote back informing me that if i do not make the payments from the 1st of this month they will take me to court for possession.
I have now received the letter informing me that they are taking me to court for possession.
I thought by law that if you have rent arrears and you make arrangements to clear the arrears by paying £5.00 per week and i have been making these payments for the last year but because of this over payment yet again they want me to increase the payment but because i live on benefit £99.70 per week i thought that by law there only a small amount they can make you pay because you receive benefit, it used to be £3.00 per week.
Can they take me to court as i am making payments and have been for last year but i cannot afford to pay £20.00 per week.
Can anyone confirm by law if your on benefits how much by law can they make you pay and if they right in law by taking me to court as i have been making payments for over a year.