Child Support Reform
HC 219-I, Fourth Report of Session 2006-07, Volume I: Report, together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons – Work and Pensions Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Committee's report, 'Child Support Reform (HC 219-I)', examines the Government's proposals to reform the child support system, as set out in the White Paper 'A New System of Child Maintenance' (Cm. 6979, ISBN 0101697929) published December 2006, and following on from the report by Sir David Henshaw (Cm. 6894, ISBN 010168942X) published July 2006, both of which are available below. The Committee welcomes the Government's reform proposals, including the eventual replacement of the Child Support Agency by a new body (Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (C-MEC)) in 2008 and the fundamental shift proposed towards maintenance agreements privately agreed between parents.
However, concerns are raised over the lack of detail for proper scrutiny of how the new system will work, particularly in relation to the provision of advice and guidance services. The report also highlights a number of inherent contradictions between the principles and practicalities of the proposals, for example how the reforms will impact on child poverty targets in relation to parents on welfare benefits, as well as regarding the transition arrangements for the transfer of existing cases onto the new scheme run by C-MEC. Concerns are also raised that whatever the merit of joint birth registration, tagging this highly sensitive matter onto child maintenance legislation will have wider ramifications for the family law system.
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