8th February 2005
Woman to sue CSA
A mother from Cheshire has taken the Child Support Agency to court, alleging it miscalculated the amount she was owed by her ex-husband.
If successful, Alison Davies' landmark claim could open the floodgates for thousands of others who believe they may have been short-changed by the agency, potentially costing the taxpayer millions.
“ I have seen nothing but incompetence, inefficiency and delays from the CSA.... If they make mistakes, they should be accountable. ”
"A judge at Warrington County Court also heard submissions from the Department for Work and Pensions' legal team. Judgement was reserved for six weeks.
"The case comes at a particularly bad time for the CSA which is under threat of abolition.
"Work and Pensions Secretary Alan Johnson said he was considering the "nuclear option" of scrapping the CSA over its failure to clear a backlog of 250,000 cases.
"A report last year estimated the CSA had paid around £172 million in over-payments and failed to give out around £115 million it should have done."