CSA wants to take more when I am already struggling

October 22, 2012

I have just had my CSA payments reviewed I was paying £39.00. And now they want 130.00 a month.

I am already struggling with bills etc but the CSA do not care. I told them that I have bills debits but they continued to insist the full payment. My son is doing a apprenticeship but they still tell me I have to continue payment. I do not see my children due to my ex’.

I have just learnt that if her child benifit has stopped then so should the CSA payment. How can I find out this information?

ex certainly will not tell me, and the CSA well they just get my back up and I end up getting so depressed and low so much so that I have thought of suicide it has also effected my life I have remarried.


4 Responses to “CSA wants to take more when I am already struggling”

  1. Alice on October 22nd, 2012 8:55 pm

    If you are being asked to pay more than your regular maintenance this will be due to arrears from unpaid child support in the past, the CSA will be able to provide you with a statement showing where the arrears have accrued from.
    If your son is no longer in full time non-advanced education then Child Benefit should have been cancelled – the Child Benefit office contact the person who is claiming Child Benefit when the child is approaching 16 and ask them if the child is intending to stay on at school or go to college etc – if they are told the child plans to stay in full time non-advanced education until they are 19 then Child Benefit will remain in payment, if the child’s plans change and they leave education it is up to the person claiming CB to inform them – failure to do so is benefit fraud.

    Ask the CSA to request confirmation that CB is still in payment – if it is they must keep the CSA case open. If CB is still being paid to your ex and you believe that this is being claimed fraudulently then you can report this to the CB Office and ask them to investigate – provide them with as much information as you have regarding your son’s apprenticeship, you can then ask the CSA to check the payment of CB again and once it is no longer being paid to your ex your son’s case will close – if you have other children who still qualify they will do a re-assessment based on the remaining qualifying child/children and any arrears in respect of your son will still be payable

  2. chall on October 23rd, 2012 12:08 am

    Quote Kevin; ‘My son is doing a apprenticeship but they still tell me I have to continue payment’

    Child Benefit could be payable up to your child’s 20th birthday if they are on an approved, unpaid course.

    Your child needs to have started, enrolled or been accepted onto an approved course before their 19th birthday.

    Approved courses are:

    England – Foundation Learning Programmes or Access to Apprenticeships
    Wales – Foundation Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Skillbuild/Skillbuild+ (if started before 1 August 2011)
    Scotland – Get Ready for Work and Skillseekers
    Northern Ireland – Jobskills and Training for Success, including Programme Led Apprenticeships
    A course provided by an employer as part of a job doesn’t count.

    If you’re not sure whether a course counts or not, contact the Child Benefit Office.

    chall ~ afairercsaforall

  3. Jon on October 23rd, 2012 5:34 pm

    Join the csa sites on facebook they will be able to help you. If the child works you do not pay. Apprenticeship is working so stop paying I am sick of greedy mothers putting NRP into great poverty. (greedy bitches)

  4. kevin 19 on October 27th, 2012 3:30 pm

    Had some news from CSA, I telephoned them to ask them to find out if CB was still being paid for my son. They informed me that they had recieved new information and was going to telephone me, seems that CB had been stopped on Sept 2011 and I had been paying for my son for the last 12 months when I should’nt had. so should recieve a refund. They have recalculated my payments for my daughter who is still at school, which is ok, I have no argument with that. Makes me think that the ex was claiming quite happily for 12 mths when it should have been stopped. Some good news .

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