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Families will lose out with the abolition of the CSA

 

Gingerbread charity says nearly 300,000 families could go without child maintenance under proposals announced  in the welfare Reform bill.

Almost half the single parents who use the Child Support Agency (CSA) would not be able to afford to pay the fees to access the new child maintenance service, according Gingerbreads survey.

The poll found that 46% would not be able to afford the application fee of £100, or £50 for those on benefits.

The survey found that 72% of respondents said they would be unable to agree private arrangements with their former partners, which means their children could go without maintenance support.

Under proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill the CSA is to be phased out and be replaced by a child maintenance system which will include a compulsory “gateway” service for those seeking to claim money.

Single parents would have to show they had taken “reasonable steps” to set up an arrangement with their former partner otherwise they would have to pay the application fee of £100 or £50, as well as an ongoing charge of between 7% and 12% of the money collected by the service.

The department said its own research showed around 75% of fathers using the CSA and 51% of parents with care (mostly mothers) could make arrangements with the right help and support.

Welfare Reform Bill

Relevant clauses

 

Yes Minister comment

This will undoubted cause significant problems for families up and down the country… Through this measure the the unintended consequence is that thousands of families will be discouraged from apply and their families will be worse off:

The Coalition needs to be careful that it does not fall foul of the maxim that it “Knows the cost of everything but the value of nothing”

 

Eyullahemaye Henry-Miller

 

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