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When a council official tells you something that you know you are not going to accept, that you intend to complain about just as soon as you stop speaking to them, ALWAYS ask them for their name. Then make a note immediately of that name, the time and date you spoke to them and how (telephone/council offices/letter. etc).
ALSO make a note of what they said that upset you - using their exact language e.g. they may have said "Look love, sorry about this but that's our line." As soon as you write in and say it was Ms Dove and she called me Love - her colleagues will immediately recognise this as her language and know she did indeed speak to you ! Another phrase is "Sorry, but at the end of the day that is what this council is doing." You could write in and say Mr Night said at the end of the day that was what the council was doing. Again his colleagues probably get bored out of their pants with him ending all his arguments with 'at the end of the day ........' again they will recognise him from your description of what was said.
Your complaint should be addressed either to the LA's complaints officer or the Head of the Department or the council official you have been dealing with. It always should be brief and to the point, no more than A4 size any letter longer than one page will not be read - an utter waste of words. Think about it, how do you feel when you start to read a letter that is more than A4 size long.
Be sure to complain to your council if you cannot afford the fee. Your council will be looking at the number of people who say they cannot pay.
Please note that TPOs do not take precidence over a remedial notice. TPOs and appeals
Advice compiled by Dot.
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