I can’t support my family because the CSA wants £500 in arrears – this cannot be legal
June 21, 2013
yet another CSA disaster, im sure i must not be the only one, last year i lost my job, due to me having a new wife and a child to support naturally i was keen to make sure i was back in work as soon as possible. This meant taking the first job that was available to me and in this climate that was not easy. I did manage to find work quite quickly but earned a mere £11,000 per year, this meant that my wages came out at around £850 a month. a terrible wage to support a family on.
Due to this the CSA were really unable to take any money from me at all as the minimum amount they can leave you with is £860. However this still meant i was supposed to be paying £120 a month to them. this meant over the last year i have just been gathering arrears but have not been able to pay this off at all.
Now i have a new job and earning a more respectable £20,000 a year, not the best wage but better. Today despite making payments to the CSA i have now been informed of a deductions of earnings which has been put to my new employer. They are now planning on taking £500 a month in arrears until this has cleared any outstanding arrears. This means now i am unable to support my family at all or feed my child. How can the CSA think this figure is fair at all. I have never complained i should pay or the amount i should pay, but surely they have to take my child into account that lives with me, as now he will have no food or no home, i cant do both no matter how i try and balance the books.
Surely this cannot be legal?