Child maintenance fees put children’s wellbeing at risk

May 21, 2014

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. And where a former partner won’t cooperate, fees will not help to encourage them.

“Having these fees is a big experiment putting children at risk if it fails. So we need Ministers to closely monitor it and to be prepared to scrap the fees if they result in more bad maintenance arrangements where children lose out and single parent families are left in poverty.”

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Notes to Editors

  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.

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Tim Nichols

CPAG Press Officer

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