Why should my daughter and I live in poverty because of CSA?
May 1, 2012
I’ve just got my csa assessment for my 13 year old daughter through the post and im absolutely disgusted!!!!!. £6.31 a week out out of £393 a week. Im on basic rate csa so me and my daughter have to manage on £130 a week. My case has been opened since 2002 and my ex has always declared a zero income for our 2 daughters back then who were 2 and 12.
My eldest is no longer included in any assessment as she is in her twenties. I have always had an idea that over the years my ex was fiddling but it was confirmed when my eldest went to visit him after many years and found out that he had a mortgage, a decent car and was living very nicely thank you very much. I have since the incident contacted the csa to inform them of this and they said they would look into it. My ex being the dodgy individual he is, told them he had started work self employed 6 months earlier to cover his back. I had an original assessment of £20 a week which has been reduced to £6.31 because they’ve put it under the old rules apparently. Ive had it all out over the phone and asked why it hadnt been put under the new rules and he said its because the computers havent got around to changing all the old claims to the new system. Under the new system my daughter would get £20 a week but under the old one £6.31. I said that they should change it over and he said it wasnt possible as the computers havent caught up yet.
I said that it was a big difference from £20 to £6.31 and that my daughter needs that money and said that there was nothing they could do. In black and white on the letter they have said he has £230 in housing costs and £120 to live on which £6.31 comes out for maintenence. Im sorry but since when did the fathers needs come before his own daughter. My needs come second. If she needs new shoes, i get her them and i do without. If my daughter needs food i get her it and if i can eat, its a bonus. Where her fathers concerned, he needs all his money for himself and stuff his daughter. When the original assessment was done it came back as £20 a week and i was happy to leave it at that because at least my daughter could get some things she needs but he contacted them to say he wanted it putting under the old rules so he could pay less.
My daughter cant even get a pair of shoes with that in this day and age. All in all hes got away with paying nothing for 11 years and now hes paying £6.31 which is the minimum he can pay out of nearly £400 a week!!! Im putting in a departure form now to get it all investigated and if that doesnt work ill contact the criminal compliance unit. Ill take it all the way to get it sorted for the sake of my daughter.
Why should she be penalised and live in poverty because her father is a low life piece of scum and the csa are so incompetant with dealing with it. I would be grateful for any further help and advice from anyone.