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It’s already changed back to direct pay after he appealed the change, all done without my knowledge and now I’m wary of asking for it to go back to collect and pay as that’ll take another couple of months and he might appeal. When it was collect and pay they took arrears from payments he missed straight out of his wages. When it was put back to direct pay they rang me and explained the arrears where being refunded back to his employer to then be sent to him to pay directly to me. This would then reduce the amount he was due to pay per month as the arrears had been calculated into it. This lump amount would have helped greatly as it has been hard providing for our daughter by myself especially as she is in full time childcare. This was near the end of October I got told all this and when I asked him the following week of it came in he said only half and he wasn’t sending it to me until the full amount was in. Four weeks then past and when I asked again he said yes it all came in and he decided to just put it into a bank account for our daughter and pay more each month to cover it. When I contacted cms they agreed this wasn’t right and he should have at least communicated with me over what was happening but they can’t enforce anything unless he misses a direct scheduled payment which is due tomorrow. Every time he’s due to pay there’s an excuse so now Iv no faith in him or the cms.