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The Child Support Agency is to be replaced by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (C-MEC), a Non-Departmental Public Body run by an independent board, which will not be operational until 2010. Cases are likely be transferred to a single system in 2010 which will take about 3 years. The White Paper A New System of Child Maintenance (Cm 6979), published on 13 December 2006, proposes:
The main change is that working out maintenance can no longer be held up by a non-resident parent refusing to give information about their earnings. This information will now come from HM Revenue and Customs.
In addition to heavier enforcement procedures, it is proposed that the birth registration system will promote joint registration by requiring that that both parents names are registered following the birth of their child (unless it would be unreasonable to do so).
The consultation period closes on 13 March 2007. A copy of the White Paper is on the DWP website at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/childmaintenance/. The consultation period closes on 13 March 2007. A copy of the White Paper is on the DWP website at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/childmaintenance/.
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