leaving their bloody office.
Don't wast your time or breath on these low life useless bastards. There's
nothing they can do about it.
Post by Toffee
I'd be concerned but not worried as you have done everything right based
on what you've written. Are you on new or old rules?
I don't know where you stand legally (or how NACSA would advise you), but
1. Speak to your job centre and get a copy of the written report of the
investigation, better if you can speak to the investigater directly if
you still have any contact details for him. Did you receive a copy of
this report as you were the subject? Also you receive letters from them
to show any changes in benefits so you should have at least confirming
that your claim ended due to starting work and then another to show your
claim restarting after you left work. You may also be able to request
copies of your benefit claim and if you can get a copy of notepad which
is a list of notes made on the jobcentre computer for your claim.
2. Speak to the company you worked for immediately and get copies of
your pay slips. If you can get them to agree, get a covering letter from
them that clearly states that you have requested copies for CSA business
and that these are replacements for ones already sent in.
3. When you get them, make copies yourself and ring to check which
address to send them to. Ask whoever you speak to to make a note of the
conversation on freetext and then ring in a little later on the pretext
that you need to check the information given and ask if a record of the
conversation has been made. If not, request that this is done and rinse
repeat as necessary. If you can, try to check this with the helpline
operators and you should hopefully get one of those by not inputting your
national insurance number. You should also check at this point if your
employer was ever input onto the computer system.
4. Make a request to see your file under the date protection act but be
aware that this may not be processed until after your interview. If it
works out before then you should be able to see if they arrived or were
lost in transit as well as any potential anomalies on the case.
Take everything you need to the interview and present them when asked.
You can be defensive in my view based on your case being messed up, but
if you can present them (again) with wage slips and the job centre report
then you are being cooperative. One thing to remember is that a Non
Resident Parent has the right to be believed and if you have and continue
to state that you've sent them in AND can present them with the
information in person, then you've done all you need to.
I'm staggered to be honest that no one appears to have either checked
your benefit history or checked with your employer as the parent with
care will presumably have told CSA where you working rather than that you
were just working. If they have all the information and the employer is
cooperative then it's all easily verifiable information and would
probably take around 10 minutes.
I think I've covered everything I would do based on your circumstances as
detailed below. Is there anything you can think of that isn't included
below as it seems a bit of a waste of resources to interview you just for
that, particularly if you're now longer working. I'd understand it more
if it was jobcentre doing it as art of the investigation into whether you
were working or not, but as you say that bits gone.
Hope this helps and best of luck.
Post by Should I be Concerned? >
I have recently received a letter from the CSA telling me that they
believe that I may have committed a criminal offence and that they
want to interview me under caution. As far as I am concerned they are
talking absolute bullsh*t as I have made sure I have broken no rules
and have provided all information as requested. There are a number of
issues I have to resolve, so here I am, hoping for some helpful
After the breakdown of my relationship with the child's mother I went
through the usual feeling sorry for myself stage (a little light
depression etc). Shortly after the breakup, and to make matters worse,
I was made redundant from my job and had to sign on the dotted line at
the job centre.
Since signing on I have had a break from unemployment for 3 months,
during which time I worked on a temporary contract for peanuts,
earning about £800 pcm for these 3 months. Shortly after finishing the
temporary job I signed on again. The CSA then phoned to say that I was
under investigation as I had been working. I explained the situation
and subsequently received a demand for proof of earnings. By return
post I sent off every wage slip I had received during the 3 months and
thought nothing more about this. That is, until I received a strong
letter saying that they wanted to interview me under caution. The CSA
say that I never sent the wage slips. I did and I made the mistake of
sending the originals. However, my employment history is easily
verifiable by both the ex-employer and the job center. I was a little
gob smacked therefore when I read the somewhat threatening letter. Had
they actually investigated this a little,they would know my
Personally I think this is down to a spiteful ex-partner as not so
long ago the DWP stated they had received information that I was
working whilst claiming benefit and proceeded to investigate me. I
complied thoroughly and as a result the DWP stated that after their
investigation they were satisfied that I had done nothing wrong, and
that that would be the end of the matter as far as they were
concerned. The investigator even went as far as to imply that my
assumption that my ex had made a complaint was the right assumption to
make. There seems to be a pattern developing here I think.
Anyway, what should I do now in respect of this interview under
caution and how should I do it? What rights do I have? Should I be
worried about this? Should I take legal advice?
Any replies would be gratefully received. (Preferably in this group,
but via email if necessary).