My advice for dealing with the Child Support Agency
February 12, 2013
The CSA have not changed a jot! Dispite being told by our Government that they made huge improvement since the early days of caos and distruction. They still use bullyboy tactics and half truths to get NRPs to pay up.
I would advise your members when dealing with CSA to:
Put all disbutes in writing.
Apply to the Data Protection Unit for the information they have on you. Under the Data Protection act you have a right to apply for it they charge £10 for admin . If you pay by cheque make it payable to CSA and include it in your letter. They will advise that it may take upto 40days to supply. You can bet it will. You can get example letters off the internet.
The rules on child Maintenance are:
The child has to be in fulltime education (12 hours or more)non advanced eg.. A level’s EVQ’s children who move on to University do not qualify as the PWC does not recieve Child Benefit which automatically stops at 19.If you are still getting demands write and point this rule out and inform them you will sue for Maladministraion and claim compensation.
In October 2012 CSA were given the right to demand payments until the child is 20. This rule only applies If your child enroled on a cousre before their 19th Birthday. As the acedemic year goes from September to September this rule will apply to very few cases eg.. a child who was born after september 2nd will be 20 before they finish their education.Where the rule does apply the PWC has to apply for an extention as benefit will automatically stop at 19.
According to the CSA dispite being able to access bank accounts, contact employers for information, and in certain circustances force sales of property!!! they don not have the power to make checks with Colleges to confirm the courses the qaulifing child is attending. I am currently investigating this claim and looking to have the law changed so that all parents(Divorced or not) have the right to information as long as the child remains finacially dependant on their parents.
Some would say that NRP,s keep complaining because they dont want to pay. In my experiance this is not true.
I have wriiten my letter because i have a husband who has been treated like a money making machine and not a father who wants and has provided in addition to his maintainance luxurious holidays, savings, pocket money,moblie phone and clothes for holiday (as the PWC refused to supply them).
I have a child for who I recieve maintainance for. I am proud to say I will Never use the CSA because i believe that it takes two to make a child and should take two to decide between you what is fair and right for your child no matter that the parants no longer live together. That way they will be raised with a balanced view and not be used as a pawn in a game like so many PWC’s encourage until they get what they want and at the expense of the child refusing to see the NRP. Only then is the PWC be truly satisfied.
Good luck too all in the CSA jail house!!!