CMS – Cannot afford to pay “one month”

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    • #135439


      First time here but really need some advice.

      I am currently transitioning from my current position to a new position with a new company.

      This means from my current position I will only receive maybe less than 2 weeks worth of pay in October (around £700 after tax) and won’t get paid until the end of November from my new job which will include 6 weeks worth of salary.

      I contacted CMS and stated due to my rent, bills etc and only having 700 pounds for the month next month I cannot afford to pay my ex partner for my children in October and asked if I could pay double in November with charges/fees on top if required.

      They basically said no, if I don’t pay I will be taken to court and they don’t care about me moving jobs for a high salary. They don’t care I cannot afford to pay due to having to make sure my rent/bills/overheads are covered for the month as I need a roof over my head.

      Is there anything I can do?

      I cannot afford to pay and don’t want to take out a loan or similar as I offered in writing as well to pay double the next month.

      Has CMS always been like this?



    • #136113

      Hello ThatItGuy

      Hope you are getting by. Unfortunately I have no experience with your problem, but imagine the algorithm that decides about how you pay says no.

      It is unacceptable that you are put in such a situation, I have had the pay date change over problem before with my life and it is always a trying time.

      May I suggest you contact this page?

      There is a lot of active conversation on Mumsnet that may be of benefit to you, and I always find women more willing to talk and be open about situations than men in general.

      Maybe give posing the questions a try. Subsequently I do suggest that taking you to court will be more expensive than just working out how to make payments when you can. The shoot in head ask questions later policy is reminiscent of a company making profit off just getting the money in monthly and not actually doing what is best for service users.

      Are you able to speak to your ex about the situation? Having a response from her in writing will be highly beneficial if they decided like morons to take things further. Also having your new pay put into an account they cannot touch might be wise.

      I hope your situation works out for sure.

      All the best

    • #136115

      Sorry, secondly…..

      If you are taken to court but have done everything in your power to make payments despite the situation, and even better were able to make payments as you suggest you may be able to be, it will get thrown out as a waste of time by the court.

      That is a fact.

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