Child support: a forgotten resource for low-income families?

Issue 154 (Summer 2016)

It is clear that the government intends to do little to increase the cash incomes of poor families with dependent children. Most poor families are set to get less and less over the next four years. The recent reprieve for tax credits will expire as families are transferred to universal credit, and this will all but end by 2020. It was child poverty that was supposed to end in 2020, but instead we are going to see it rise. This leaves CPAG and other campaigners fighting to defend the progress of the past two decades. We will continue this fight on all fronts, but it also leads us to think about other possible sources that might raise the incomes of poor families. Alan Marsh asks whether there is scope to increase the flow of child support payments.

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