Is the csa a scam? You decide
October 7, 2012
A solicitor recently told me they routinely advise clients fighting the csa to just give up as they will not win. They stated the csa were a “law unto themselves”, with authority over the courts, contempt for the legal profession due to legislative protection, and constantly changing rules that even their own staff don’t fully understand, in order to keep solicitors wrong footed.
So what’s the csa for? Helping the PWC, helping the child? Is that why payments seem to go ‘missing’ or don’t reach the recipient, or are just delayed? Perhaps the paid funds are just ‘resting’ in an account somewhere earning interest for the government? What’s the government got to do with it? Well the csa (cmec) is a part of the DWP and appear to be ‘protected’ by the ICE (independent case examiner), another part of the DWP whose job is to investigate complaints against its ‘sister’ department. (not very ‘independent’ then?)
Here is the thing, let’s say your ex never approached the csa but they come after you, or your ex says they don’t want the money and they still come after you why is that? Well even if the ex doesn’t want it, the job of the csa is to continue to collect money for the secretary of state, which sounds a bit like tax collection doesn’t it? The claim is they only do this if your ex has been in receipt of benefits, seems fair enough, the government recouping its welfare payments, of course a number of issues arise, firstly most people with kids take some form of benefit, secondly child benefit is a right enshrined in law so if you have kids you probably get it and finally what about the possibility that someone doesn’t take it? It’s a ‘right’ but not compulsory so there is potential for discrimination. In any event why should the government want to ‘clawback’ something you have already paid for? You pay tax through PAYE, you pay NI and general taxes in the goods you buy so what is the secretary of state doing, your ex says ‘no thanks’ but the government pursue you for benefits you’ve already paid for.
The csa seems to be not much more than a big scam, a tax collection exercise that is destroying lives and having an adverse effect on the economy. I wonder if this failing little country can produce a solicitor that has the guts to investigate this issue and take the government on?