Fall in parents applying for child maintenance help continues as charges bite

New government figures indicate thousands more parents are being deterred from seeking help from the new Child Maintenance Service after fees were brought in this summer, warns Gingerbread.

The figures, published today (17 December), show the impact on applications of the £20 fee to use the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), which is gradually replacing the Child Support Agency (CSA), 5 months after the fee was first introduced.

2,900 fewer parents applied to the CMS in November than in May this year, after the application charge was introduced on 30 June, a drop of 30 per cent.

Although it is less than 6 …read more

Source: Family Law News


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