Being taken to court - CAPITA false claims
I'm being taken to court in January due to not paying for a TV licence, and I don't know what to do next.
At the start of the year an enforcement officer came to my door, normally I'd close the door on them but he'd just woken me up and due to neurological disabilities I wasn't thinking straight.
As far as I was aware I still had a TV licence, but I was behind on payments due to disabilities - I can only pay via payment card but cognitive issues mean I struggle to keep track. If I fall behind on payments the card is cancelled so I have to reapply for a payment card, which is a struggle in itself as I can't use a phone to apply and have to fight via email to get one, although on this occasion I believe they hadn't sent a new payment card yet.
I told the enforcement officer that I had a TV licence but was waiting on a payment card. The enforcement officer told me that if I answered some questions he could get that set-up for me; it would renew my TV licence and I'd get a payment card sent out. Seems he lied.
A short time after I decided I was sick of all this nonsense and so I got myself a Firestick so I don't watch live TV, thus no need to pay for a TV licence.
Next thing I know I had a letter saying I would be sent to court for watching TV without a licence, I logged a not guilty appeal online as I don't watch live TV. But a few weeks ago I received a letter telling me I'll be due at the court in January.
Looking at the form the enforcement officer filled in he's lied, claiming I said I didn't have a TV licence and was watching BBC. But he's also lied to me about what the form was for, I had no idea I was signing something that was going to land me in court!
I admit I messed up by engaging with the enforcement officee, but my disabilities are a factor as I have a bad memory, no concept of time, and I was caught off guard by this guy. I honestly believe he took advantage of this.
The local citizens advice is closed, I've tried debt charities but they require telephone consultation to go through all debts - a lot of fuss, but also I can't use a telephone anyway. The letter says to contact a lawyer but my sole income is ESA so I can't afford that.
Someone has suggested I write to CAPITA to appeal, but I'd struggle as I've no idea what to write in a letter.
Can anyone suggest anything I can do?
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