2009-01-17 00:00:57 UTC
Little background: CSA case since 1997 (the end is in sight!). Need
reassessment for my own children and move to p/t work. Two years of
massive overpayments, consequent serious financial hardship and my MP
I get a demand for a £3k debt 2 days before Christmas. 'Nothing we
can do until after Christmas, but we'll have a full breakdown done
then.' It was a fun Christmas. Jan arrives and the debt has shrunk
to £150, it was an 'administrative error'!
The new breakdown shows arrears at £1800 in 03, but I've got statments
from then giving the (proabably) correct figure of £700. The question
is, can they just increase my arrears by £1100 'because they want
to'. The line from the nice lady on the phone was 'we can at _any_
point change the amount you should have paid us, with no comeback'.
From the context and tone, I got the impression that she really meant
any - and given that they can now claim from my estate, even after my
demise they could 'reassess' the numbers from 50 years ago.
Anyway, my question boils down to. Can they, after 7 years, send my a
dozen pages of numbers and inform me that they have increased my
liability, despite already sending me statements to the contrary at
the time? I can't, for example, see that my mortgage company would
get away with it.