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Child Maintenance Statement, 20/05/13 {E/NI/S/W]

Ministerial Statement in the House of Commons on 20 May from the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Steve Webb on child maintenance.

This summarised the changes the Government intend to make in response to the consultation “Supporting separated families; securing children’s futures”. A full response will be published later this year.

Once the 2012 scheme has been opened to all applicants and has been shown to be working well, the Government intend to begin a gradual process of ending liabilities on cases in the previous Child Support Agency schemes. Parents in these “CSA” schemes will be invited to consider making their own family-based arrangements for maintenance or to apply to the new child maintenance service, which operates the 2012 scheme.

The Government will also begin charging application, collection and enforcement fees in the 2012 scheme. The proposed fee for non-resident parents will remain at 20% calculated on top of the maintenance calculation.

The list of organisations to which an incident of domestic violence and abuse may be reported in order to qualify for the exemption from the application fee  will be extended to include local authorities, legal professionals and specialist support organisations.

For full details see the House of Commons Hansard 20 May 2013 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 20 May 2013