Distressful and worrying (Christine Donald)

In the light of Martyn Fisher’s successful case against Shetland Islands Council, it has therefore set a precedent for reimbursement to housing tenants here in Sandwick.

The council and Shetland Charitable Trust made no direct collective meeting with the tenants but only a waiver to be signed that left us with no option in fear of legal action.

Following the waiver notice I received a letter reminding me that I had agreed to the waiver and end of subsidy, but included with the letter was an invoice for £198 to be paid to the council or a payment plan set up monthly.

Delays and changed decisions of a suitable contract with the energy company and constant meter readings was distressful and also the worry of paying to both the electricity provider shortly after the council’s “electricity” charge.

In effect I presently pay monthly to the council and am unable to increase monthly payments to the energy provider.

If the council was stated as being annoyed at Mr Fisher’s delay in signing and refusal of waiver, then do they know what it cost the rest of us who were given no option as they knew we would not decline.

I request that the £198 taken from me be reimbursed. I find the increasing dismissal of the senior age group in Shetland quite unsettling, having now reached that age bracket.

Christine Donald
11 Park Wynd,


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  • Johan Adamson

    • June 11th, 2014 9:41

    My elderly mother was in the same predicament, she did not think she had a choice but to do what she was told. She has had lots of bills and meter readings for the new contract and also had to pay the SIC. They were told that actually the SIC had not saved them any money by paying for all the electric on their behalf, and in fact they wouldn’t end up paying more. I think this was untrue, and since the council have been found to be wrong in the court, they need to go back to their tenants and sort this out. I would think the decision of the sheriff would make these contracts void or voidable.


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