Posts Tagged ‘Childcare’

Mother could face jail because her children talked to each other on Facebook – Telegraph

25/02/2012

This case would make headlines across the land, if it were not hidden behind the family courts’ extraordinary wall of secrecy.

Mother could face jail because her children talked to each other on Facebook – Telegraph.

Courtesy Christopher Booker via The Telegraph

Child Maintenance oral evidence to Work and Pensions Committee

09/06/2011

Work and Pensions Committee

Select Committee Announcement

09 June 2011

For Immediate Release: AN42 2010–12

ORAL EVIDENCE

Child Maintenance

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Wednesday 15 June 2011, Grimond Room, Portcullis House at 9.45am

Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions

Dame Janet Paraskeva, Chair, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

Noel Shanahan, new Commissioner and CEO, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

The Work and Pensions Committee is conducting an inquiry into the proposed reforms of the child maintenance system.

The Green Paper ‘Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility’ sets out the Government’s view that parents should be encouraged and supported to make their own arrangements for the maintenance of their children, before deciding to use the statutory maintenance scheme. The proposals include introducing charges for parents who use the statutory child maintenance service.

This is the second and final evidence session for this inquiry. The Committee will ask the Minister about the likely impact of the proposed reforms, including the impact on poorer and more vulnerable families. The Committee will also consider the availability of support services for separating parents and the proposal to close existing Child Support Agency cases.

The Terms of Reference for this inquiry can be found on the Committee’s website: http://www.parliament.uk/workpencom

Further information

Committee membership: Dame Anne Begg MP (Chair) (Lab, Aberdeen South), Harriett Baldwin MP (Con, West Worcestershire), Andrew Bingham MP (Con, High Peak), Karen Bradley MP (Con, Staffordshire Moorlands), Alex Cunningham MP (Lab, Stockton North), Kate Green MP (Lab, Stretford and Urmston), Mr Oliver Heald MP (Con, North East Hertfordshire), Glenda Jackson MP (Lab, Hampstead and Highgate), Brandon Lewis MP, (Con, Great Yarmouth), Stephen Lloyd MP (Lib Dem, Eastbourne), Teresa Pearce MP (Lab, Erith and Thamesmead)

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Open letter to the Work and Pensions Committee reviewing Child Maintenance

20/05/2011

Good afternoon

I have been reading the written submissions and watching the hearings via Parliament website with interest.

The wheresmydad.org.uk™ Charitable Organisation (#wco) provides practical information, support and assistance to Non-Resident Parents (NRP) that have lost contact with their children because the Parent with Care (PwC) has arbitrarily decided to stop access or the “authorities” are not fulfilling their duty of care to the child and for both parents.

We believe that Child Maintenance and Contact are both part of a bigger picture that should be taken into account where parents do not live together, for whatever reason.

I was pleased that Dame Anne Begg raised the issue that within her own constituency surgeries a significant number of NRP’s are forced into paying maintenance through the CSA/CMEC route but have no recourse to enforce Court Orders or contact arrangements that may be in force.  As you can appreciate, this is a major issue for NRP’s.

Looking at the submissions, I see CM02 from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group indicates there may be problems relying on the HMRC data.  We’d like to point out that there are some simple ways to alleviate this fear:

  • place more responsibility on the tax payer to ensure their information is correct and up to date
  • effective transparency and sharing of fiscal data between central and local government, and where appropriate the banking sector
  • use HMRC as the gateway to a persons fiscal data, perhaps providing an “end of year” statement showing tax/ni collected, benefits received (including local government) etc thereby providing a “single version of the truth”
  • ensure improved collection rates of Child Maintenance (and fines) by always having this collected using the soon to be HMRC Real Time Information system

 Dr CM Davies, within CM03, provides good examples of where the current system of calculation does not take into account the circumstances of the NRP and therefore causes great hardship and distress.  In addition, an NRP needs to provide adequate accommodation to their child(ren) and the “system” needs to take this into account – including that additional bedrooms may be needed.  Adrienne Burgess made a good point that the “system” should treat NRP’s as a Family where they have 14% of residence.  This would ensure the NRP gets all the systematic support that is currently only afforded to the PWC – including lower cost social housing and other passport benefits.

Ms Burgess also made a valid point that the way maintenance calculations are performed currently precludes benefit payments, however were the parents living together their joint income would be used.  In addition, there are basic living expenses that should be taken into account, eg housing costs and travel to work etc .. without this, the NRP simply would not be able to afford to pay the maintenance imposed and therefore creates arrears that simply cannot be realistically paid.

Overall, I am pleased the issue of Child Maintenance is being reviewed although disappointed that it has taken so long.  We agree that both parents should shoulder responsibility for their children, and this includes fair access to the child(ren) and fair payment by both.

This is a complicated issue; however, I strongly believe that Child Maintenance should not have its own agency.  The payments issue should be resolved via mediation & subsequent court approval – taking into account all circumstances of both parents.  The concept of shared or co-parenting should be enshrined in law, with all the support that this should afford being mandated to be provided by the relevant agencies and bodies.

Perhaps the committee should encourage the interaction on this subject between Sir Alan Beith of the Justice Committee, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith of the Social Justice Committee, Graham Stuart of the Education Committee, Rt Hon David Cameron of the Childhood and Families Taskforce and David Norgrove of the Family Justice Review Panel.  Not forgetting to take into account the valuable work of Rt Hon Frank Field and the Review on Poverty and Life Chances.

As a final comment, where parents do not live together, the PWC should not have a significant improvement in living standards at the expense of the NRP.  Their living standards should reflect their own income bracket.  If the parents could not afford to look after a child together – they should not be having a child!

May I congratulate you on your work and wish you well in your endeavours.

Gov Written Answer – #wco Childcare (Education: Children’s Centres)

07/05/2011

Lloyd, Stephen raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Childcare; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has for the national children’s play strategy.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts: Teather, Sarah

More information can be seen at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-05-03b.53014.h

Published: 03/05/2011 12:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – #wco Childcare (Education: Childhood and Families Taskforce)

28/04/2011

Hodgson, Sharon raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Childcare; Education; Parenting; Relationships; SureStart

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what work has been completed by Ministers and officials in his Department as part of the Childhood and Families Taskforce.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts: Teather, Sarah

More information can be seen at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-03-24a.32855.h

Published: 24/03/2011 12:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – #wco Childcare (Education: Duchy of Cornwall: Children’s Rights Bill HL)

28/04/2011

George, Andrew raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Childcare; Equality; LocalGov; NRP Rights; Relationships

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consultation his Department had with the Duchy of Cornwall on the provisions of the Children’s Rights Bill [Lords]; and what action he took as a result.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts: Teather, Sarah

More information can be seen at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-03-10b.41842.h

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200910/ldbills/008/10008.i-ii.html

Published: 10/03/2011 12:00:00
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Consultation – #wco Childcare (Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Life Chances: Consulting on a New Approach)

21/12/2010

Teather, Sarah raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): Childcare; Education; Money; Parenting

The Government is today launching a consultation on its approach to ending child poverty and improving life chances. Developing a long-term strategy to tackle decades of inter-generational disadvantage requires new approaches and depends on everyone working together. We therefore want to hear from the public, private and voluntary sectors to find the creative solutions and capitalise on opportunities that can help communities and individuals ensure their children have the very best start in life.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts: Field, Frank Childpoverty.strategy@childpovertyunit.gsi.gov.uk

More information can be read at:
http://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1737&external=no&menu=1

Published: 21/12/2010 00:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – #wco Childcare (Education: Children: Day Care)

10/09/2010

Wright, Simon raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): Childcare; SureStart

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many childcare places there were (a) in each county in the East of England and (b) nationwide in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009; and how many such places there have been in each area in 2010 to date.

Other contacts: Teather, Sarah

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2010-09-08a.7048.h

Published: 08/09/2010 00:00:00
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