The government has announced plans to extend the planned closure of the Child Support Agency.
The timed shutdown of the notorious government agency began in 2012 following the introduction of successor organisation the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), with open cases being gradually transferred to the new body. This process was due for completion at the end of this year.
However, the government now wants to extend the shutdown programme for a further year, to December 31 2018, and has launched an open consultation on the proposal.
The CMS claims the transition has been delayed by staffing shortages and time-consuming policy changes, such as the introduction of universal credit.
You can read more here. The deadline for responses is September 13.
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