Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ - for uk.gov.agency.csa
Material in the form of a structured set of questions plus answers to these was originally built up as a "classic" FAQ for the news:uk.gov.agency.csa newsgroup, and was posted every month. It was started by Matt Parker, who originally steered the newsgroup to creation, and was then continued by Charles Atkinson. It contained a mixture of information, explanation, and advice.
I built a hypertext version of it for this web site, and updated it, see Frequently Asked Questions - questions & answers. Eventually I officially took over responsibility for the newsgroup FAQ from Charles Atkinson. The version being posted to the newsgroup was by then well out of date (it had not been updated since 28th July 1999). It did not address the reformed scheme, for which the legislation was drafted and debated and voted upon since that date. At about 127 KB it was much too large to be used conveniently.
So I revised the purpose of the posted FAQ. Now, instead of attempting to provide specific answers to the detailed questions posed in the newsgroup, it provides a summary of sources of advice and answers. It is now posted every 2 weeks. A copy of it (with little more than formatting differences) is provided below.
Over time, material within the hypertext version conforming to the philosophy of this web site (especially material concerned with information and explanation) will be updated if necessary, and the date-stamp will be changed to reflect the date of checking/updating. This revision has already begun. Some material may simply replaced by links to material elsewhere on this web site. Material not conforming to the philosophy of this web site (especially material concerned with advice and campaigning, and material best dealt with elsewhere), will be removed or replaced with links to more appropriate places. More material will be added where necessary, for example to cover the reformed scheme.
I intend to work with other people and organisations to ensure that these "frequently asked questions", and others, continue to be answered. Such organisations may include the CSA itself (which has its own brief FAQ) and NACSA.
FAQ posted to the newsgroup
Frequently Asked Questions for uk.gov.agency.csa .
Posted FAQ version 3.1. Last updated 2003-01-28. (Updated mainly to answer question 9 below!)
Users of this newsgroup compile this FAQ in good faith. This is a self-help group, not a panel of experts. If you need someone to be legally liable for advice then ask a professional who has indemnity insurance!
1. Are you feeling suicidal or despairing?
1. Are you feeling suicidal or despairing?
2. What is this newsgroup about?
The newsgroup uk.gov.agency.csa has a charter at: http://www.usenet.org.uk/uk.gov.agency.csa.html
In summary, the charter says:
It will be dedicated to the exchange of views, information and support of people involved with the Child Support Agency. Anyone interested will be welcome to participate in discussions about, but not limited to:
- Information relating to Child Support Agency procedures.
- Guidance on filling in the various forms issued by the CSA.
- Support and Advice on all relative matters of users problems.
- Group discussions of all issues related and pertaining to both parents with care and absent parents rights.
- Group discussions on methods of improving relationships between absent parents, parents with care, and the Child Support Agency.
- General discussions on the effectiveness of the Child Support Agency in distributing of maintenance monies collected to Parents With Care.
This newsgroup is neither Government owned nor moderated, and is for the discussion of the operation of the Child Support Agency and the resultant difficulties experienced by absent parents, parents with care and any other persons involved.
Short (less than 20 line) announcements of events relevant to readers are permitted; blatant off-topic or commercial advertising is not. Binaries are not permitted on this group, however references to relevant FTP-able material and Web URLs are welcome.
3. Where is the complete newsgroup FAQ?
The article you are reading now is not the full set of questions and answers available. The topic is now much too big to attempt to cover in one serial article.
The last "full" FAQ to be posted to this newsgroup was version 2.6. It was last updated 1999-07-28, and is out of date. It is available (127 KB long) in the Google Groups archive at: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
That version 2.6 has been superseded by a hypertext version at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/faq/index.htm
4. Who can I talk to for advice about dealing with the CSA?
There is a lot more information about sources of advice at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/advice_and_debate.htm
CSA Advice Glasgow
Durham Legal Services
FNF - Families Need Fathers
CSA of Great Britain
CSA of Northern Ireland
Citizen's Advice Bureaux
MPs - Members of Parliament
5. How can I sort out my social security problems as well?
The uk.gov.social-security newsgroup is more appropriate. Its charter is at: http://www.usenet.org.uk/uk.gov.social-security.html
It doesn't have an FAQ, but there is a comprehensive set of links for help at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/social_security/index.htm
6. Where can I examine all the child support legislation?
There are full links to all the Acts and regulations at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/the_legislation.htm
The above page also points to the "Decision Maker's Guide", used by CSA staff themselves, and available as PDF files.
7. Where can I find calculators for my assessment?
There are links to several free calculators (spreadsheets and on-line calculators) at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/assessment_calculators.htm
The best-known spreadsheet, catering for both current and reformed schemes, using Excel, is at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/assets/csa_old_and_new.xls
8. Where can I read about the CSA history, details, reform, etc?
The most comprehensive description and analysis of the UK's child support system starts at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/
There is an introduction to the CSA starting at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/introduction_to_the_csa.htm
There are links and references, to many books and papers, at: http://www.childsupportanalysis.co.uk/links_books_papers_etc.htm
9. When will the reformed scheme (2000 Act) start?
It will start for new cases (and certain existing cases involved with a new application) on Monday 3rd March 2003.
Perhaps 12 or 18 months after that, so probably during 2004, existing cases will be migrated to the reformed scheme. But they will not all start immediately at the new amount. Where there is a large difference in the amount, the new amount will be phased-in over a number of years.
There is more information about the reformed system at:
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