This afternoon, “PK” rang me from HMCTS/ASC (Administrative Support Centre), to confirm whether I’ll be attending my Income Support (4th Claim) Tribunal on Monday 27th November 2017. Horrified, I said this is the first I’ve heard! I haven’t received any letter, email or phone call informing me that it had been listed this coming Monday. They’re supposed to give me a minimum of 14 days notice. He said they’d sent a letter out to me on the 8th of November 2017, which I confirmed I’d never received. I told “PK” that if I had received the letter, I would have already asked for an adjournment, as I’ve had to focus nearly all my energies on the 2 x Judicial Review Applications for 2 x Child Benefit Appeals (all with zero legal assistance).
We had a lengthy conversation. I said that I’ve got 5 x CSA Tribunals listed in December 2017, that I’ve done no preparation for yet. I’m so overwhelmed with paperwork, appeals, complaints, adhering to my claimant commitment etc…..
Following this conversation, I sent an email to HMCTS, requesting an adjournment/stay, as I haven’t received their letter (supposedly sent on 8th Nov 2017), so I haven’t been given 14 days notice. Also, I’ve been having to prioritise other appeals.
I am forever complaining to HMCTS, HMRC, the CSA, DWP, that their letters to me sometimes take more than a week to reach me, if at all. They use bulk printing, and sometimes different carriers, in addition to Royal Mail. A false economy, as so often letters arrive too late, (or not at all).