ms92 wrote: It is only £7 they are sending me all the information out. This isn't going to go down well with the ex. Wish me luck.
Thanks for all the replies.
Do you mean the travel expenses are £7? If that's per week, then you won't get a reduction - the CSA expect you to pay the first £15 per week in travel expenses, it's only when it goes above that is there any reduction.
His travel costs are £45, I think he means his querying reducing his maintenance when its only £7
Huxley wrote: Ha maybe, the amount of legislations and CSA info and phone calls I have been through in the last six months regarding CSA1, 2 and the new system, I feel like I could go and work for the CSA
... what - and have someone working there who knows what they are doing? That's a novel idea Though I did deal with a couple of people there a few years ago who were actually very good - part of the problem was, though, if they were very good, they got moved on quite quickly
Bit of copy n paste but got this from an open letter to CSA from a dad asking for further clarification with respect to expenses etc...here is the link and below is the bit abot travel...
I have to pursue the travel expenses as my ex has stopped my son from sleeping over in order to get more money i.e. now I have to travel back to his other house at 8pm every Mon, Wed and Friday....she taking advantage of a technicality which ultimately stops me from taking him to school and other important interaction...anyway...hope this helps..
3) Contact costs can be broken down into two main categories; travel expenses and
Travel costs consist of:
the cost of a ticket on public transport
the cost of fuel for a private vehicle
toll fees incurred in a private vehicle
taxi fare(s) where the non-resident parent or qualifying child(ren) cannot use public
transport due to a disability or long-term illness
the hire of a car for the non-resident parent where the cost of car hire is more
economic than a journey by public transport plus overnight stay
the cost of an escort
taking into account any financial help the non-resident parent may receive from any
source, other than a loan, towards the cost of maintaining contact with the Qualifying
The non-resident parent does not need to start and end the journey for a visit at specific
points if it is considered reasonable, e.g. home to where the qualifying child(ren) lives. The
journey can start for example from the non-resident parent’s place of work to the meeting
point with the qualifying child(ren).
Accommodation costs consist only of the cost of the overnight accommodation and only
where the overnight accommodation was necessary. The cost of food and sundries will not be
Where the overnight accommodation costs are inclusive of breakfast and the element relating
to the meal costs cannot be determined, the full costs may be allowed as contact costs.
Unacceptable expenses include the cost of:
telephone calls between the non-resident parent and the qualifying child(ren)
taking the child(ren) out, e.g. to the zoo, cinema etc. during the period of contact
the maintenance of the non-resident parent’s vehicle, since it is highly unlikely that they
would keep a vehicle solely to enable contact with the child(ren)
4) Where no good reason is established for unreasonably high costs a reasonable figure will
be established based on local knowledge, nationwide average petrol costs, average size
car, consumption etc.
Other than costs associated with an illness or disability of a relevant child, there is a
threshold that must be exceeded. If the net income of the non-resident parent is:
£200 or more, the threshold is £15;
below £200, the threshold is £10
This means that the first £10 or £15 is disregarded when calculating the variation and
any subsequent adjustments to the maintenance calculation. However, the Child
Support Agency is able to substitute a lower amount for any costs that it thinks are
unreasonably high or have been unreasonably incurred. Costs are based on an
established pattern of visits and are calculated as an average weekly amount.