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Can you check this dates? I think you meant 2015. Have you signed any contract about fees? Was someone else meant to be contributing?
You will need to find out from WINZ what has happened to the forms and their contribution. But there certainly is an arguments, that if you thoight WINZ would pay, and the centre assured you that they would but failed to keep you advised that WINZ had not paid, that you changed your position relying on what they said.this is sometimes called estoppel and would be a defence to their claim. If you knew much earlier that WINZ had not paid, or would not pay, then you would have made arrangements. But the failure to do so can be used as a defence
No problem, I check in regularly
If the ECE knew the subsidy was declined but didn't tell you, and even suggested the fees were being paid, then they may not be able to collect the fees now. You have changed your position acting in reliance on what they said, and this can be a defence to the claim. So if they start to get insistent, tell them you will take this to the Disputes Tribunal and use this defence.