MP’s aide, Howard Blagbrough, advises father to take out loan to pay CSA
June 8, 2012
Howard Blagbrough, an aide to Craig Whittaker, has advised a father to take out a loan to pay the CSA. The father asked for his MP’s assistance in getting his case reviewed, and this was the startling advice he received from the rather rude Blagbrough.
Here is the email trail in order – just wait for the very ‘blunt’ ending from Mr Blagbrough. We start with Howard Blagbrough’s advice:
From: BLAGBROUGH, Howard <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:34
Subject: FW: CSA
I would thank you for your e-mail
Although I note from our records that The Child Support Agency have carried out various investigations given your circumstances. I appreciate that this has not resulted in a more positive outcome in respect of the money they are demanding you to pay, including arrears.
As there is clearly nothing further the CSA are willing to do to assist your particular case, I have written to the Independent Case Examiner to see whether they are willing to investigate the matter independently from the CSA and provide you with some additional help.
I would add that it may be worth making an appointment with the Credit Union in Halifax and/or the Citizens Advice Bureau to see whether they are able to provide you with additional help or assistance.
Many thanks and best wishes
Howard Blagbrough, Parliamentary Assistant
[Green Port Cullis.gif] Craig Whittaker MP
Serving the People of Calder Valley
t : 020 7219 7031 f : 020 7219 1054
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
From: Craig Whittaker MP [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 26 January 2012 14:08
To: BLAGBROUGH, Howard
Subject: FW: CSA
The father responded, somehwat confused at the advice of getting a loan:
On 26 Jan 2012, at 18:56, “********@talktalk.net”> wrote:
I am writing for your help with tackling the CSA agency not that i get a loan from the credit union, how will that help with this matter. that is like robbing Paul to pay Peter. Surely it is your job as a Member of Parliament to help and not fob them off with loans and not being able to help
The final word from Mr Blagbrough:
Please note we are trying to provide you with different possible solutions!!!. If you do not want our help then fine however do not snub ideas before you have listened to what other organisations have to say. Credit union if you must know try too provide people with the best advice for their own position.
It is not the duty of the MP to have to accept comments when you do not like the possible advice provided. Sorry to be blunt.
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