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Boost in numbers paying child support cash

The number of non-resident parents paying to support their children is at a record high.

 

The new government figures are as a result of tough new rules, including taking money direct from pay packets if a parent refuses to pay out.

Nearly nine out of 10 non-resident parents within the system are now contributing towards their children, according to the Child Support Agency.

Child maintenance minister Steve Webb said: “When the coalition came to power in 2010, the CSA was in chaos with huge amounts of money left uncollected and simply not making its way to the children who needed it.”

The Child Support Agency (CSA) was set up 21 years ago with the aim of ensuring that if a relationship broke down, a parent could not just walk off and leave an ex to pay the costs of bringing up their children.

Mr Webb added: “We’ve managed to turn this super-tanker around thanks to smarter processes and procedures, and tougher enforcement action against parents who refuse to recognise their responsibilities.”

In 2012, The Child Maintenance Service was introduced in an effort to draw a line under the CSA’s difficulties.

Over the past 12 months, parents have paid more than £1.2 billion in maintenance.

£330 million of that coming from 184,090 earnings deduction orders, taking the money straight from wage packets.

From March, parents who refuse to pay towards their child’s upbringing may be disclosed to the credit reference agency, which could potentially affect their credit rating as well as their ability to borrow money.

The money is much-needed financial support and goes towards everyday living costs when you’ve separated from the other parent.

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