Government launches child maintenance service for employers

Children|Divorce|Family|News|March 4th 2014

Gov screenshotThe Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new online service to help employers deduct child maintenance from their employees’ salaries.

The Child Maintenance Service Employer Self Service portal is aimed at the approximately 40,000 employers who currently make automatic child maintenance deductions for the Child Maintenance Service, under ‘Deduction from Earnings’ orders.

The portal, designed to resemble internet banking services, will replace the current paper-based system.

Work & Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

“This new online service will reduce the time and effort needed for employers who have to deduct child maintenance for their staff and will be particularly helpful to small businesses. We are replacing the outdated child maintenance system with a more efficient streamlined service to better support parents and employers.”

Author: Stowe Family Law


  1. JamesB says:

    This is Orwellian and an unacceptable intrusion by the state into what is people’s private personal issues. I hope it fails as it is wrong and unfair to put in place a man tax and missing the issue. The issue being unfairness in the family courts. That is what needs changing. Preferably the introduction of pre-nups for all and more contact for fathers assumed as a starting point also.

  2. JamesB says:

    I will do what I can to try and make it fail.

  3. JamesB says:

    Its the same thing over and over again hoping the result to be different, pushing a bad idea trying to make it work. It’s an insane idea.

  4. Andrew says:

    Come off it, boys. There are many men who should be and are paying maintenance and would not if it was not deducted at source and the more cheaply and efficiently the better. Prenups and contact are red herrings.

    • Tracey says:

      Here here! My ex refused to pay and never would have it if hadn’t been for the CSA. He still won’t help with the additional cost of school trips etc!

  5. Andrew says:

    Last comment was incomplete.

    It’s no more intrusive than collecting income tax through PAYE. And in fact other debts can be collected by attachment of earnings if you get judgment.

  6. JamesB says:

    Taxing men for having children promotes fatherlessness and single parents. It is not the governments business and they should stay well out instead of making it worse.

    What you are saying is essentially that the fathers role is that of a wallet, regardless and is bang out of order and encouraging women to chuck out Dad and bring in another bloke and get two incomes and is frankly ridiculous.

  7. JamesB says:

    With re to your comment well it helps sometimes, well, the bad it has brought about far outweighs the good. The broad brush formula is bang out of order and we should go back to how things were before the CSA, or better still bring in pre-nups or a formula the bloke has a say in before he has children. The law setters are so far removed from being reasonable in this regard it is truly horrifying.

  8. JamesB says:

    As a lawyer and this intervention into the family makes sense as it pays more lawyers bills. Like divorce. For fathers and society it doesn’t make sense and is bad.

  9. John says:

    “a more efficient streamlined service to better support parents and employers.” That made me laugh out loud!

    Interference by the state, in what are private and personal matters, regarding parents and their children, should have nothing whatsoever to do with the government. They are matters for the courts, where professional, qualified, personnel are used to reach an amicable settlement, between parents.

    These matters should not be left in the hands of incompetent grade 1 office staff at the CSA.

    The current system is a National scandal, and is in chaos!

  10. Andrew says:

    You can’t have a pre-nup to determine what should be paid for children; they are by definition minors and not party to the deal and cannot be bound by it.

    And a deal between the parties which adds to the benefits bill is also not on. The old days where the wife kept the house, the man kept his pay and pension, and the taxpayer kept the children had to go.

    That the new regime was badly designed and incompetently administered is neither here nor there. No responsible father fails to pay his proper share of the cost of bringing up the child he fathered.

  11. Pete says:

    Well, we have a system where someone who only gives you their first name can lie to you, then along with your ex can decide on whatever payment that suits them, then putting you in arrears even though you have never missed a payment before and if you don’t like it they just go straight to your employer.
    A really good system isn’t it Andrew ? Not !

  12. Anonymous says:

    “No responsible father fails to pay his proper share of the cost of bringing up the child he fathered.”

    Indeed Andrew, so let those fathers (and mothers too?) get on with it, by doing away with a CSA that exacerbates inequality and costs taxpayers 5000 million pounds to run like a complete shambles wrecking the lives of thousands of children. That money would be better spent helping people really in need, rather than funding a bunch of nose-picking bureaucratic goons.

    For the 1 percent of dads(or moms) who do not contribute of their own accord, that should be tough luck. People ought to take some responsibility for getting involved with irresponsible partners in the first place. If we take any other view, we are just encouraging people to be idiots.

    For other more complex disputes, there are mediators and courts, who could do a better job of addressing case-specific money issues.

  13. Anonymous says:

    could you tell me, if i have to pay maintenance through work, or can i choose to pay it from my bank

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