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Consultation on child maintenance

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GeraldineGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 13-Aug-12 11:08:09

The government intends to change the system for child maintenance to reduce reliance on the CSA (child support agency) and encourage parents to agree finances for their children between themselves. In future, if the state does have to get involved, there will be an upfront fee and collection charges (this is not up for debate, but the levels of charging are). People who are currently using the CSA will have to move into a family-based arrangement, outside the state system, or use the new Child Maintenance Service.

The government is currently consulting on the plans. If you or your family are affected or you're interested, the explanation of the public consultation is here www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2012/childrens-futures.shtml
If you want to comment you should do so at [email protected]

We'll be producing some content soon that will outline exactly what separating parents need to do and how grandparents can help.

nanaej Mon 13-Aug-12 11:19:18

It is about time a better system was set up. Currently the CSA ,which often causes huge distress rather than support, is an extremely ill-organsied body. Its current purpose is to reduce claims for recoup benefit and not to support children.

nanaej Mon 13-Aug-12 11:24:46

Sorry posted before completed.

It is about time a better system was set up. Currently the CSA ,which often causes huge distress rather than support, is an extremely ill-organsied body. Its current prime purpose is simply to reduce claims for & to recoup benefit and not to support children.

I am very cynical of the proposals and believe this is simply a move to privatising the current 'service' rather than genuine attempt to make things better for children and families.

I will be responding to the consultation.

vampirequeen Mon 13-Aug-12 13:44:15

Isn't this a return to the old system that was in place prior to the CSA? I seem to remember several friends had amicable arrangements based on so much a week plus shoes, school uniform and help at Christmas until the CSA intervened and changed the arrangements causing distress on both sides.

Granb Tue 14-Aug-12 08:55:10

The difference now vampirequeen is that there will be little or no legal aid to assist parents come to an amicable arrangement. As nanaej has so rightly pointed out, this is a move to yet more privatisation

vampirequeen Tue 14-Aug-12 09:28:02

Of course there will be an ulterior motive. This government doesn't do anything unless it's to help it's pals at the expense of the ordinary people.