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Child Maintenance Statement, 29/07/13 [E/NI/S/W]

Statement in the House of Lords on 29 July 2013 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Lord Freud, on child maintenance.

He said:

"Today I can confirm that the Government is opening up the 2012 child maintenance statutory scheme, administered by the Child Maintenance Service, to a larger group of new applicants.

This Government is determined to avoid the mistakes of the past, when the 2003 scheme was launched too quickly and for too many clients. Consequently, we have chosen to follow a pathfinder approach to ensure that the 2012 scheme is operating effectively before it is opened to all clients.

The pathfinder approach works by defining eligibility for the 2012 scheme based on the number of children qualifying for child maintenance who are named in the application. So on 10 December 2012, we opened the scheme to new applicants with at least four qualifying children with the same two parents named in the application. From today, the 2012 scheme will be opened to new applicants with at least two qualifying children with the same two parents named in the application.

All other applications will continue to be handled under the 2003 scheme rules".

For full details see the House of Lords Hansard 29 July 2013 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Lords Hansard 29 July 2013