I was a student starting my second year at university in September, but due to health reasons had to drop out at the start of the year (I am continuing next year), but I had already moved into a house with other students, I obviously knew that I would be liable for council tax and informed the council that I was no longer a student. I still had to live somewhere and I'd already signed the lease so it seemed the most sensible thing to stay. I applied for ESA/HB and CTB a few days later and am still waiting for a decision, it's taken a few months because the benefits office have lost documents and I've had to refill in numerous forms.
I have had a few reminders for the council tax and have phoned the council to explain that I am still waiting for a decision on CTB, but they still sent reminders, then today I received a Summons to appear in court on 18/04/2012. I'm not entirely sure what I should do next, should I ignore the summons, go to court or try explaining things to the council again?
The council tax reminders and the summons are just addressed to me, although the council are aware of all the people living at the property, I don't have a problem with this as obviously it's my mess to sort out, but I don't want any actions I take to mean the council go chasing after them. I don't have the money to pay and then wait for the CTB decision, I'm already living off overdrafts and credit cards as I have no income at the moment.