Dad dot info
Free online course for separated parents
Forum - Ask questions. Get answers.
Free online course for separated parents
DAD.info | Opinion | Latest News | Boost in numbers paying child support cash

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.

Related entries

Should Stella Creasy, MP take her baby into parliament?

Should Stella Creasy, MP take her baby into parliament?

Returning to work after children is tough for everyone, whether you are on shared parental leave or returning after a brief paternity break. It can often make life choices for you, whether you decide to return part-time, go freelance or start paying heavy childcare...

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Parents have been warned that children in the UK are at risk of death or serious injury from the sale of unsafe toys through various online marketplaces. Health and safety experts from CE Safety say parents should ensure they are not buying cheap, unsafe or fake toys...

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Rule of Six

New Coronavirus rules mean when seeing friends or family you don’t live with you should meet up in groups of six or less. For now, that means it is illegal for my whole family to meet another family inside or outside. In some ways we are lucky, we are only a family of...

Latest entries

Side hustle: find yours to make extra cash

Side hustle: find yours to make extra cash

Many of us are feeling the pinch with the rising cost of living. But, that aside, what family couldn't do with extra money anyway? This is where a side hustle comes in. Using a few free hours around work each week to make some extra money can make a big difference in...

Teaching Your Kids To Avoid Scams

Teaching Your Kids To Avoid Scams

Unfortunately with our kids spending so much time on their phones and online there comes the risk of being scammed. While we as adults might be wise to the tricks scammers use- Nigerian princes included- our children probably aren't. To avoid being out of pocket and...

Pin It on Pinterest