AN angry mother says the Child Support Agency is not doing enough to chase absent parents for maintenance money.
Rebecca Drummond says the CSA has given up trying to get money from the father of her eight-year- old daughter.
Miss Drummond, of New Mill, split from her partner shortly after their daughter was born.
After several weeks, she experienced problems with maintenance and called the CSA.
She began receiving £6 a week when the CSA deducted it from the father's wages.
Miss Drummond became unemployed a year later and her maintenance cash was put straight into her benefit payments.
Two years ago, Miss Drummond went back to work and was told she would get her maintenance directly again.
However, she says she has not received proper payments since.
She was told by the CSA in 2002 that she should receive £31.11 a week.
But for the past two years payments have been sporadic.
She said: "Every time the deduction is put on his wages he changes jobs."
Four months ago, her ex-partner moved to London. Since then, he has not said where he is working.
Miss Drummond passed his new address and mobile phone number to the CSA, but was told no money could be obtained until his workplace was found.
She said: "They said could I find out where he is working. The CSA get paid to find out where parents are. It is not for me to do their job.
"I was made redundant again recently and am on Income Support."
A CSA spokesman said
that, generally, if a parent failed to pay and wages could not be deducted through an employer, the CSA could take action through the courts.
He added: "The CSA does not write off maintenance. There are ways of finding out where people are working. It is just a question of time."