Is it worth me taking a minimum wage job?

February 16, 2014

Advice please.

I am currently earning 18k a year ( gross). I am paying £205 a month to my obnoxious ex for my 17 year old son. I am also faced with £250 per month in fuel costs commuting to work. I am now at my wits end as I feel I am scraping a living just to get by.

I am thinking of taking a minimum wage job which is on my doorstep so I can save fuel costs. If I do this, how will this effect my payments to the csa ??

Will my payments be readjusted at 15% of my new wage or will the csa tell me I will have to pay the same amount based on 18k but spread over a further time ?


2 Responses to “Is it worth me taking a minimum wage job?”

  1. Corryn on February 17th, 2014 3:24 pm

    Keep them updated of your change of job, and do it in writing send recorded delivery. They cant keep a calculation in place based on the wrong circumstances so your payments would be amended to reflect this. A minimum wage job based on fulltime hours would only see you coming out with about 10k annually, thats quite a drop for you, although you could claim benefits which would bump you up a bit. If its worth your while i say do it you have nothing to lose at all. The only reason that i know of where the CSA keep a calculation in place when your circumstances have changed is when a NRP leaves their employment purposefully to avoid paying and goes onto benefits. Anyone can change their employment, so as long as you keep them informed you have done everything by the book.

  2. Lewis on February 21st, 2014 10:08 pm

    CSA take into account all of your net income, but we will speak to your employers and find out what other outgoings there are, such as fuel costs. This would probably be knocked off your maintenance. If you choose to leave your job to pay less child maintenance then I’m afraid there would be a risk of enforcement.

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