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Child Maintenance oral evidence to Work and Pensions Committee


Work and Pensions Committee

Select Committee Announcement

09 June 2011

For Immediate Release: AN42 2010–12


Child Maintenance


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:

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)

Specific Committee Information: 020 7219 2839

Media Information: 020 7219 0724

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Gov Written Answer – #wco NRP Rights (House of Lords: Children: Access)


Somebody raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): NRP Rights; Childcare; Family Courts; Parenting; Equality

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ensure that non-resident parents who are responsible for the support of their children have proper access to, and contact with, their children.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts: Hill, Jonathan

More information can be seen at:

Published: 13/05/2011 12:00:00

Open letter to the Work and Pensions Committee reviewing Child Maintenance


Good afternoon

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

The™ 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 NRP Rights (Education: Children: Separation)


Jones, Andrew raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): NRP Rights; Childcare; Equality; Family Courts; Justice; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has considered plans to give the non-resident parent a right of access to children in separation cases.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts: Loughton, Tim

More information can be seen at:

Published: 22/03/2011 12:00:00

News & Information – #wco NRP Rights (Matthews Walk For Justice)

04/02/2011™ raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): NRP Rights;

About Matthews Walk For Justice: My name is Matthew Starmore and I am a campaigner for Family Law Reform, I am involved in this because I have not been able to see my children but for all of 12 hours in two years, I and many parents are denied the relationships our children need and crave.

Comment by #wco: Join Matthew if you can, or just show your support !

Good Luck !

Other contacts:

More information can be read at:

Published: 04/02/2011 19:00:00

Gov Written Answer – #wco NRP Rights (Justice: Grandparents)


Offord, Matthew raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): NRP Rights; Equality; Family Courts

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward proposals to extend the rights of grandparents to have access to their grandchildren following a divorce or separation.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts: Djanogly, Jonathan

More information can be read at:

Published: 09/11/2010 00:00:00

Gov Written Answer – #wco NRP Rights (Education: Contact Orders)


Mosley, Stephen raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): NRP Rights; Childcare; Equality; Family Courts; Justice; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress the Children and Families Task Force has made towards providing greater access rights to non-resident parents and grandparents when couples separate.

Comment by #wco: If you’re having problems with Contact Orders, let the Justice Committee know by emailing them and they may take your points into account when considering their review of Family Law

Other contacts: Loughton, Tim

More information can be read at:

Published: 08/11/2010 00:00:00

YSGL – #wco NRP-Rights ( backup site)

31/08/2010™ raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): NRP-Rights; Technology

This is the backup (DR) site for

Other contacts:

More information can be read at:

Published: 31/08/2010 00:00:00

Gov Written Answer – #NRP rights (House of Lords: Children Act 1989)


Taylor, John raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): NRP rights; Equality; Justice; Family Courts

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will amend the Children Act 1989 to allow divorced couples equal access to their children.

Other contacts: Hill, Jonathan

More information can be read at:

Published: 27/07/2010 00:00:00

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