CSA case worker says CSA will force my husband out of work

November 1, 2010

CSA contacted my husband 3 months after his ex put in a claim. They now say he has arrears. We are willing to pay, never refused BUT they want £90 a week. He earns £220 a week. I’m not working due to injury, on benefits. If they take this we need to as a household find an extra £30 a week to cover outgoings. We then need to find money to eat.

NONE of our outgoings are unneccesary everything has been trimmed down to minimum because of my absence from work. CSA are threatening Deduction of Earnings which will put us in a dreadful situation of pay the rent or commute to work (my husband)CSA asked why weren’t my husbands employers paying his travel costs!! Obviously we have explained all this not that they care and have said that they will effectively put him out of work which they denied obviously.

If he is forced to leave work he won’t get benefits so we are stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. We have made offers of payments to clear arrears which have een refused and every time they speak to us they demand a card payment of £200. We have written to MP and DWP and taken legal advice but they now refuse to speak to legal represntative!!

It’s a joke the government are saying they want to reduce enefits and get people back to work yet this government agency are doing the opposite and forcing people into the benefit system.


  • Lyn says:

    Sorry to hear about your story.

    We are also getting the run around from the CSA and like you they are treating our Solicitor list SH** and refusing to reply to his letters at this stage.

    Believe me I have no trust in this government as they know exactly what the CSA are doing and have given them the tools to carry on this way.

    Everyone is on their side so you dont have a leg to stand on.

  • Juliet-Amber Jolliffe says:

    The CSA have a standard '2 years' to pay arrears or debts. Explain that you can pay a certain amount – say £5 a week extra until arrears are paid. Good luck.

  • Suzie Millard says:

    csa and there pathetic arrears system , why dont they come into the same clause as other debts, y should they have there arrears within 2 years what makes them so damn special, and it cant because its goverment based as i have an over payent of tax credits from when they messed up payments years ago, i offerd a payment an they took it ! i hate the csa and everything that goes with it ! a**eholes !

  • Allan Morrell says:

    they need shutting down… everyone agrees but while PWC's continue toi nclude them then this problem will continue!!!

  • Jim Rigley says:

    The CSA didnt actually assess my case for six years, they then turned up at my door demanding I pay back the arrears in two.This isnt legal and you should fight them every step of the way.I pay £500 per month and they still took me to court, sent baliffs to my house for my car and driving licence and then tried to throw me in jail.My hatred of the CSA is epic and still the continue to harrass me. Keep fighting them, dont ever give up.

  • John says:

    Keep hounding Duncan Smith and Cameron. The long term aim must be to deprive these thieves of their bonuses and gold plated pensions, by getting the whole shambles shut down.

    It is for parents to make financial arrangements for their children and not politicians and office clerks on vast salaries and bonuses.

    Ask your M.P. to arrange a clerical assessment of your case. Do not trust anything the CSA say or do!

  • Sylvia Dunai says:

    I wish we got proper child support on a regular basis and on time. I'm sick and tired of having to worry about what other problem might come up like: Will we get paid at all? Will we get paid the correct amount? If not then when on earth we gonna get the arrears? Will we get paid on time? Etc. I cant believe some people can just get away with the payments whereas other fathers – who pay regularly – are harrassed by CSA. Why the hell can't CSA harrass those people who dont pay and try to avoid the payments?

  • Karl Garrett says:

    simple..easy targets.

  • Lee Hughes says:

    Very true Karl, efficient use of taxpayers money….

  • Trevor Franks says:

    there are people on this site have openly said they receive £600 a month from the corrupt csa and your husband earns £220 a week were is the justice ??

  • Allan Morrell says:

    how many children actually cost £600 per month?

  • Sarah-Jayne Pattimore says:

    Trevor is referring to me – however, I dont receive £600 a month from the CSA, I receive it from the NRP of my child, and his take home salary exceeds £3000 a month so I hardly think he is being left in poverty!!!! 40% is the limit the CSA can deduct from your husband (inc arrears) which on a salary of £220 a week amounts to £88. If they try and take more then this needs challenging.

  • Sylvia Dunai says:

    We are only supposed to get 130 a month and we stopped getting maintenance cuz my ex sent in some paper about "change of circumstances" or he's just trying to avoid payments.

  • Allan Morrell says:

    good point David… she still expects her ex (NRP) to provide fuel costs too would you believe….!!!! have a look at the page CSAhell.com comments on photo!!!!!you'll be astounded……

  • Sarah-Jayne Pattimore says:

    I totally agree David. My situation is the £600 is made up of usual maintenance and arrears, but my ex partner does not see our daughter at all. His choice. Daughter was born in 1998 and his exact words were 'I will ensure she is well provided for but I would prefer to have no contact'I contacted him in 2005 to see if he would like a update on his daughter and he declined, repeating he was happy to contribute financially but would prefer no contact. It breaks my heart, but then I get all the credit of the beautiful, bright and well adjusted young lady I have/am bringing up. There is no fairness at all in PWC declining NRP access to their children and I believe maintenance and access should be linked in some way. At the end of the day, its the child/children missing out on the relationship with their NRP which is very sad.

  • Allan Morrell says:

    additional post will provide no denial of such expectations!!!!

  • Allan Morrell says:

    I do admire her pedanticisms!!!!! lol

  • Allan Morrell says:

    She does recieve payments provided by the NRP via CSA DEO's……however!!! I suspect that the CSA are involved considering the payments are from the NRP's earnings and WFTC's possibly taken into account from NRP's finances….and due to the fact that arrears are involved clearly… therefore CSA payments!!!!!!!!! absolutely transparent from my angle of view!!!!!!

  • Lee Hughes says:

    Are we all adults on here? If we are, can we please start acting like it! The bottom line is that the laws relating to children in this country are failing the very people who they are supposed to be there for!!!Everyone who actually gives a toss about the best interests of the children should work together to get the current laws reformed so they are fair and just to both the PWC, the NRP and most importantly the child/children. This is access and maintenance.If a PWC won't give access without a good cause then they should suffer for it, likewise an NRP who won't contribute a penny towards the upkeep of their child/ren! Both parents should have to solve the issue of the children before they get to court/use the CSA etc and if they fail to do so without good cause should be penalised. That will end both the PWC and NRP screwing with each other regarding access and maintenance, after all that is what started it! 😉

  • Allan Morrell says:

    the children are a shared resposibility, must be clothed, provided footwear and fed… we all have incomes at our exposal to do this!!!!

  • Sylvia Dunai says:

    NRPs and PWC should all work TOGETHER and pay towards their mutual children's expenses/upbringing in a 50-50% way. That would be the best. But obviously there are times when one parent or the other gets laid off or fired etc and it's not always easy to get a job. But I really do hate when one parent deliberately tries to avoid having to pay towards the upbringing of his/her child(ren) and starts working for cash in hand and comes up with all kind of lies and tricks to avoid this. Especially if they dont even pay a single penny yet they demand to see the child.My ex hasnt seen our child since he was violent towards me and guess what he doesnt even make any effort to call us. I havent changed my number yet he only called us ONCE in 2010 and it's soon 2011…. What a loving 'father', eh?

  • chall says:

    Hi Gemma,

    1) What date did your OH’s case commence?

    2) How many qualifying children is your OH CSA calculation for?

    3) Are there any/how many children living in your household?

    4) Does your household receive any other income, ie working tax credits/child tax credits?

    chall~ afairercsaforall.co.uk

  • Allan Morrell says:

    disposal I meant lol

  • Allan Morrell says:

    Sylvia… how correct you are!!! It's a two way resonsibility to support your child!!!!

  • john says:

    i feel sorry for people like yourselfs stuck in a situation you feel you cant get wright i was in the same situation my self and my wife i was working bringing home 300 weekly that was the only income comeing in rent was 74 weekly council tax 90 mth i was paying my ex for 1 child 50 weekly..i no we didnt have much to live on but i never bothered abt the 50 a week to the csa….then out the blue they assed my payments and wanted 94 weekly…and put me 700 in arears they phoned me abt this and wanted the 700 within 28 days if i didnt pay it i was told they would put a stop on my driving licence..as i needed my licence for my work we had to find the money…it was a stresfull time for us..after seeking advice i was told that i would be better of out of work..after a very difficult decision i came out of work……as a person whos always worked it doesnt seem wright that you work and live on less than you would on benefits….

  • Tony says:

    I had the same problem, they never even asked if my daughter stayed over with me (to which I should have had a discount-a year on I found this out and they’ve asked me to keep a diary!!!!).
    I contacted my MP and he did help, don’t know why your going to a solicitor it will just cost you more, try a diffrent MP!!!!!.
    Good luck

  • Tony says:

    Quick question for everyone.

    Why don’t some MOTHERS give the CSA the names of the FATHERS?

    Answer: Because the mothers get more financial help, the fathers can then voluntary give cash every month.
    It should be law the name is given!, the money would save the state millions, why don’t the goverment check the childs birth certificate, before they give handouts?

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