Fair for who? Child maintenance and family tests

18 August 2014

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

As families come in all shapes and sizes – they all need and deserve the kind of protection that a ‘family test’ promises to provide. On the issue of child maintenance payments for lone parents, we argue that the family test needs more work.

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