Child Maintenance Service sees 21% increase in cases

May 3, 2016 2 comments

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The number of people who use the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) has increased by 21 per cent, official figures reveal. The CMS had 227,000 open cases in February, according to newly published data from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This number has risen quite sharply since August 2013 when it was only 4,500….

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Football player appeals child maintenance

October 28, 2015 9 comments

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A “well-known” professional football player has successfully challenged the amount of child maintenance he had been required to pay. The 32 year-old had previously been ordered to hand over £2500 per month for each of his two children, which meant his annual bill came to £60,000. At the time, he played for a club in…

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Child Maintenance Service writes to parents

September 12, 2014 5 comments

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As many as 50,000 children could benefit from continuing changes to the child maintenance system, the government has claimed. The government has begun writing to 150,000 parents as part of a three year process in which all remaining Child Support Agency (CSA) cases will be closed and transferred to the new Child Maintenance Service. Currently,…

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New child maintenance system begins amid criticism

August 11, 2014 3 comments

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The government’s new child maintenance system begins today amid continued criticism from a single parent charity. The new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) was brought in to replace the Child Support Agency (CSA), which is being steadily phased out over the next three years. A new payment system has been introduced called ‘Direct Pay’. This is…

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DWP warns of fees

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May 21, 2014 23 comments

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has begun writing to parents who still pay and receive money via the Child Support Agency to highlight the imminent introduction of fees. The Department expects to send more than 50,000 letters, to parents across England, Scotland and Wales, detailing changes to be introduced later this year. Parents…

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Father responsible for child’s death, court finds

May 1, 2014 0 comments

In a recent High Court ruling, a father was found responsible for deliberately inflicting a fatal head injury on his child. The child, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was the victim of two serious assaults. In the first assault, medical experts consulting on the case found that the child, referred to as KB, had suffered a…

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Government launches child maintenance service for employers

March 4, 2014 15 comments

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new online service to help employers deduct child maintenance from their employees’ salaries. The Child Maintenance Service Employer Self Service portal is aimed at the approximately 40,000 employers who currently make automatic child maintenance deductions for the Child Maintenance Service, under ‘Deduction from Earnings’ orders. The…

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