child maintenance

  • Child Support Handbook 2015/2016


    Child Support Handbook

    Price £35 (cover price) (Members and CAB Price £30.00) 
    c.494 pages  ISBN 978-1-910715-01-7

  • 'Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance' - CPAG's response

    April 2011

    The Government proposes that separating parents should make their own child support arrangements rather than use the statutory scheme, for which it will impose charges that will deter low-income parents from using it. Our response expresses CPAG's concern that the plans are more about saving money than helping separating parents – and risk increasing child poverty in lone parent families.

  • Child maintenance fees put children’s wellbeing at risk

    May 21, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the commencement today of a controversial fees system under the new Child Maintenance Service, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Single parents are at higher risk of living below the poverty line, and making sure they get fair child maintenance payments from non-resident parents is crucial to reducing the poverty rate of single parent families.

    “The big problem with fees is they may put off parents from seeking help from the Child Maintenance Service, leaving them settling for arrangements where their former partner doesn’t put a fair share towards the cost of raising their child.

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  • Child Support: the legislation


    Child Support Legislation cover

    Price £89 (cover price) (Members and CAB Price £84.50) 
    ISBN 978-1-906076-99-3

  • Fair for who? Child maintenance and family tests.

    Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he wants to see all domestic government policies subjected to a ‘family test’ in future, apparently to ensure that families aren’t undermined or made worse off financially.  But does the ‘family test’ itself pass the test?

    Initially at least, it may be difficult to understand why anyone would be against such an approach. Indeed, we have been arguing that government should pay attention to a wide range of policy areas, such as employment, benefits, and family support services, to reduce child poverty and help improve the lot of poor families for many years.

    One concern, however, is that it’s unclear whether the proposed ‘family test’ applies to lone parent families, too.