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'The government’s new charges will take money from children. Child maintenance makes a real difference to children’s lives and it is simply wrong for the government to take this money because their other parent has failed to pay when they should.'On average the collection charges will see affected single parent families losing more than £70 a year, equivalent to a term of school dinners. The charges come as new research published by Gingerbread finds that two out of three working single parents are finding their finances a constant struggle at best.
'It’s really important that parents don’t let the charges put them off getting a child maintenance arrangement in place. Lots of parents can and do sort out maintenance between them, but it’s not always possible, and single parents shouldn’t be put off asking for help when they need it.'Fewer than 60,000 parents are currently within the new CMS, but the government has already started the process of closing existing CSA cases and asking parents to try to come to a private agreement before opening a case with the new service. There are more than 1 million cases within the CSA, all of which will be closed over the next three years. The CMS has been taking on all new child maintenance cases since November last year.