No she only worked as a hairdressing apprentice for about 6 months from September 2013 to March 2014.
She did commence A level courses at college but dropped them this week and is now looking for a job. She was only in college from September to Monday 1st December.
Thank you for your reply. Could you please answer a few more points concerning the matter?
Could you tell me what if anything can be done to change the situation?
If my granddaughter gets a job can payments be stopped/reduced?
Now she has left college before the payments commence can the matter be reassessed?
My granddaughter told me last night that the commencement of the payments will not take place until Friday 5th December. I do not know why the date has been changed.
My son now has a partner and they have a six month old baby girl. Also to complicate matters more, his job is likely to end within months and he has been attempting to save a little money for this eventuality. He has said that his daughter can live with him. However this would mean her leaving her friends, older sister and boyfriend. Will any of these facts help his situation?
My ex daughter in law is working and her partner is in a band and does regular gigs. She is buying her own house.
I hope these extra details will help you to let me know whether anything can be done to ease the current situation
You state that payments for December, January and February will have to be made unless she leaves her mothers home. Does that mean that payments will stop after February if she is not in full-time education? Or will they have to continue indefinitely until my granddaughter moves out?
If my ex-daughter in law had discussed the matter with my son he would have been willing to make reasonable payments for his daughters upkeep. However, she chose not to do this and went directly to the CSA without my son, granddaughters, or my husband and I knowing what she intended. Obviously this has come as a great shock to all of us and my granddaugher is distressed about the matter as her mother doesn't even ensure there is food available for her let alone buy any personal requirements, for which she gets money from her Dad, us and her boyfriend.
Sorry to ramble on but we are all very stressed.
Any further information/advice you can offer would be appreciated.
Will she be able to apply again if my granddaughter still lives with her after February?
Thank you very much for all your help Clare.
Following on from our recent correspondence my granddaughter is still with her mother. She wants to live with her father and arrangements were made for her to move there, but then she backed out! She has a boyfriend in the area and although he agreed to drive to her father's home on weekends (about 200 miles one way) to see her she wasn't happy to leave him.
I understand that the CSA payments to the mother will now go ahead. My granddaughter has tried to discuss the matter with her mother but the mother has said "it's nothing to do with you. It's money the courts granted years ago". This is not true. When the the parents separation went to court, the judge did not even grant the mother a penny in maintenance because she was having an affair and this was proved in court by a private detective. The mother has stated she will not pay for any of my granddaughters expenses because the money is not for her!
If she decides to go to live with her Dad in the future, will the payments cease immediately? My son tells me that the CSA will not discuss the mothers claim with him and that she would have to notify the CSA if my granddaughter moves out. On past experience we know she would not do this. So how could we ensure notification happens?
Also is there anything we can do to ensure that my granddaughter gets looked after properly now that the mother is getting money for her upkeep? Up until now she has not even been providing food for her, my granddaughter has been buying food with money obtained from either her father or boyfriend, and coming to me for meals several times a week.
Sorry I'm rambling again - I just want to make sure you have as much information as possible.
I look forward to your answers.
The payments are through the Child Support Agency and my granddaughter is the child involved and 17.5 years old. Even though the payments are made to her mother, surely my granddaughter has the right to be cared for and fed properly? At present she is being either fed or given money to buy food, by her Dad, boyfriend and us! Surely that money is to be used, at least in part, for her needs? Is there no other way, other than moving out, that can remedy this situation?
Sorry to seem dense but what is HMRC?
Just a couple more questions, if that"s okay? Does it have to be the mother that undertakes the notification? My son has been told by the CSA that the claim will not be discussed with him.
If my granddaughter does not return to any form of education will the HMRC accept a notification from anyone other than the mother?
My son has been told she could apply for an extension for upto 20 weeks. Under what circumstances would this be payable?
Thanks once again.
Thank you very much Clare.