CSA demanded almost two thousand pounds back pay to be paid instantly
January 25, 2013
I received a new assessment from the CSA in their letter of 10th January 2013 – the first since their incorrect nil assessment on 31st October 2012. In it they state I should pay £65.71 per week maintenance for my children. They go on to state that if I have any arrears they will write to me separately.
One week later I receive a telephone call from them demanding back payment of £1707; no letter. Failure to make an immediate payment they explained would result in a deduction of earnings order. They go on to say that I have good credit (presumably because they have accessed my bank details) implying that I can make a lump sum payment.
I never totally regained my composure throughout the conversation but did manage to explain that the savings I had access to were the proceeds of the house sale from when I was married. I’d put this money aside as this was my deposit money which I was expecting to use when I exchanged contracts on a new property the following day. I have a shared residency order and spend most weekends and 1/2 of the school holidays with my children and they need somewhere to live.
The demand for £1707 for back payment is the result of incorrect assessments by the CSA and should (as best as I can calculate) be £748.82. Between February and October last year I wrote 10 letters to the CSA requesting an accurate assessment which they never managed to achieve.
Eventually and despite my ex-wife’s insistence upon using the CSA, I began making payments to her directly in December 2012 to support my children. I’d begun working just 4 months earlier in September and had been putting money aside and got fed up waiting. The first two payments I made directly to my ex-wife totalled £800 (to cover the period September 2012 to December 2012). I also paid £110 for my eldest son’s school meals, and am employing a speech therapist for my youngest child’s speech problems at £75 per week.
Ironically, I am entitled to Child Benefit but since only one parent can receive this it is up to my ex-wife and me to agree a payment. Needless to say she refuses to discuss the issue and now owes me over £900 in child benefit since 5th April 2011 when she removed the children from their family home.