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The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill has now been published (see PDF below). The intention is to replace the Child Support Agency with the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (C-MEC), to increase enforcement powers, to allow parents on low incomes to keep more of the maintenance owed to them and to empower more parents to make and maintain their own private maintenance arrangements. Measures include:
The measures are aimed at reducing the financial burden of the child maintenance system on taxpayers and encouraging parents to pay promptly by allowing C-MEC to operate a charging scheme in respect of non-resident parents who default on payments in order to help recover the costs of enforcement. The Bill also contains new powers to share with credit reference agencies information on parents who do not pay their maintenance or debt - potentially affecting future loan or mortgage applications.
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill
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