‘Tough’ new maintenance arrears measures open to consultation

Family Law|December 15th 2017

Plans to give the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) greater powers have been opened for consultation by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The new measures would increase the Service’s authority in the collection and enforcement of child maintenance debts. The new powers would include:

*The option to remove passports for up to two years from persistent non-payers.

*The possible inclusion of additional sources of income in maintenance liability calculations – including revenue from capital, foreign earnings, assets and unearned monies.

*The ability to seize funds from sole trader and partnership business accounts to settle unpaid maintenance bills.

Also discussed in the consultation document are ways to deal with unpaid bills accrued under the old and notorious Child Support Agency. Some of this debt may be written off, it notes, as most concerns children who are now adults and enforcement of these historic debts could cost the government as much as £1.5 billion.

Caroline Dinenage is the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance. She said:

“Our priority is to make sure parents meet their responsibilities to their children so we have been replacing the old CSA – which failed children over the decades – with a new system that is already working better for families. But we need to go further to ensure children get the support they need. That’s why we are consulting on a range of options, including tougher powers against parents who do not pay the child maintenance they owe.”

Read the consultation here. It will close on February 8.

Photo of DWP building in Leeds by Chemical Engineer via Wikipedia

Author: Stowe Family Law

Comments(3)

  1. Andy says:

    Typical of this government peruse the non payers of debts… In such cases as this PROPOSED, pushed through LAW, just a joke in consultation, its already been approved…so why give a consultation on the matter..
    So, you will have your passport revoked, any income will be scrutinised and prison… What will they think of next.. Trouble is the system yet again will effect the paying NRP… So the Feminist groups will no doubt laugh all the way to the bank… With generous Universal Credit increase… The typical Vicki Pollards with twin seat push chairs will gain..
    So with all the powers that the incompetent CMS have no wonder they can’t work any forms of payment that is correct… As they say If you are a PAYE your a fool…

  2. Andrew says:

    So if my business partner is not maintaining his children my assets can be seized!

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    Anyone else see HRA implications there?

  3. martin says:

    all the power are unlawful what ever they try and put in place will faill and it will be paid back they are trying to save a sinking ship

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