Thanks for you're response, It gets complicated, so bare with me. I have children by two ex partners. I have a son and daughter by Ms Hobbs and a son by ex Mrs Scott. Ms Hobbs continued to claim child benefit for approx. 8mths until I contacted CSA who then investigated which took approx. 3mths, the 3mths was paid back to myself. I have been told that the CSA rely on child benefit claim for child maintenance, i.e as long as a child benefit claim is running, CSA will collect maintenance and the fact that it is fraudulent is not their problem I am told. all the same money has been collected from myself by a direct from earning order.
The overpayment came about when my daughter left school in Sept 2011. I had been in regular contact with the CSA prior to her leaving school to ensure there were no more over payments from myself. Despite this the CSA still took the money from my earnings until Oct 2012, despite numerous phone calls from me. I did receive a letter from the CSA stating that liability ended on 02-09-2011 and a new assessment of £43.00pw for my youngest son and they would be collecting £248.72 from 01/06/2012-01/07/2012 then £228 from 01/08-01/08/2012 ?. looking at my payslips now for that period I can see payments had stopped being taken from my earnings, I did not notice this for some time, I had got used to an amount of money and did not notice from payslips as I had got use to the fact it was taken from source of which I had no control over, I take responsibility for not checking my payslips. When I did notice I assumed CSA had stopped collecting to compensate my overpayment, not receiving communication from CSA is not unusual. That brings me up to date, I am now responsible for a debt of £6000 which is being taken direct from source and I am told I will be left with approx. £1000pm out of which I have to pay rent, council tax, utility bills, food, travel to work etc with no assistance. I hope this is enough info & I look forward to you're response.
A very worried and confused
Eldest son Thomas DOB 23-11-91, Daughter Natasha DOB 29-01-95, youngest son Nicholas 04-11-98.
Last payment was made Oct 2012
The CSA it appears re assessed and reduced payment by £17pw over 52 weeks I estimate £935. As to the over payment with eldest son I
estimate the same.
Over recent months I have taken home £1600 pm
I guess I have to forget about the £900 fraudulant claim made by Ms Hobbs for eldest son to the child benefit office that the CSA say they can do nothing about.
This is my claim based on fact that eldest son left school in the previous September running up a approx £900 overpayment, this added with the assessment in 2011 that states liability is £43pw and was overpaid at £228pm I estimate again approx £1000 overpaid. Substantial amount I think