The number of parents paying for their children through the Child Support Agency (CSA) has hit a record high, the government has claimed.
Four in five parents involved with the CSA now pay for their children voluntarily, according to statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Meanwhile, the number of unwilling parents who have had child support deducted directly from their earnings has fallen by 20 per cent over the last five years.
Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:
“We now live in a society where paying for your children after a break-up is the norm ….Britain is moving from relying on a divisive and unpopular state child maintenance service to parents working together for the sake of their children.”
The minister also announced a reduction in the charge levied on parents who use the new Child Maintenance Service to pursue their former partners for support – from 7 to 4 per cent. The charge levied on the paying parent will remain 20 per cent.
“Having a charge for using the CMS will provide a nudge to parents to try to sort things out for themselves if they can.”