Bringing child maintenance under direct Ministerial control

Published on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:57
Posted by Scott Buckler

Following a public consultation last year, an order has been laid in Parliament to bring the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) back under direct Ministerial control as a business unit of the Department for Work and Pensions

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller said:

    “The Government is clear about how important strong family relationships are for children. All children have the right to financial support from both parents, which is why we are reforming the child maintenance service to put children at its heart.

    "Bringing the system under direct control of Ministers will help that process."

At present only half of children living in separated families have financial support in place. The Government’s wider child maintenance reforms are designed to ensure more separated parents have effective financial support in place for their children. The Child Support Agency will close to new customers from later this year; marking the end of a failing system, long overdue for reform.

Parents will be supported and helped to make their own, family-based child maintenance arrangements, which we know more than half of parents who currently use the statutory service would prefer. A new, streamlined and more efficient statutory child maintenance service will be introduced for those who need it.

The abolition of CMEC as a non-departmental public body will also help with the Government’s drive to reduce the number of public bodies across Government.

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