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Think-tank Identifies the ‘Hidden Parent Poverty Trap’ of Child Maintenance

Think-tank Identifies the ‘Hidden Parent Poverty Trap’ of Child Maintenance

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) have completed their report into Child Maintenance (CM) under the title 'THE HIDDEN POVERTY TRAP: Child Maintenance and Universal Credit'.

The report identifies many of the issues that we have been campaigning on. Their findings are essentially same as ours - that some of the poorest people are being asked to pay money they do not have and for whom work does not pay.

Their recommendations are:
1. That Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) urgently review the number of people affected if Universal Credit (UC) is rolled out.
2. To avoid the politically sensitive issue of reducing CM to receiving parents, they suggest a complete reform of Child Maintenance on the Australian/Norwegian/US Income Shares Model that takes into account both parent's incomes and cost of living allowances.
3. That UC calculations should include Child Maintenance.

Whist the focus of this work was the interaction of UC and CM, the issues exist under the existing 'legacy' benefits.

The recommended Income Shares Model is at odds with the idea of simplicity of child support and we may wish to thinks further about better ways. If shared care was the norm then it would not matter so much.

Meanwhile, please bring this work to the attention of your MP and ask others to do the same, especially if affected by the 'poverty trap' of the current system. Please ask your MP to raise your experiences with the minister, perhaps suggesting some or all of the points we are calling on the government to do:

  1. immediately stop surcharging the poorest and most vulnerable parents who are on state benefits
  2. urgently update Chile Maintenance payment thresholds for cost-of-living increases since 1998
  3. adjust Universal Credit to take into account Child Maintenance, in-line with CSJ recommendations
  4. carry out a wholesale review of Child Maintenance to meet the needs of modern-day families with a particular emphasis on promoting and not undermining shared parenting.

Obviously, the formula is very flawed beyond that, in undermining shared parenting and promoting conflict. However, the affordability issue is the primary one addressed by this report.

 

 

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  • International Parental Alienation Awareness Day is tomorrow. It is an opportunity to make this terrible phenomena visible so it can be properly addressed. A demonstration is taking place tomorrow as part of this. Please support us and the cause of stopping this abuse by sharing our posts, following us or registering with us.
  • A case of parental alienation that started in 2012 finally led to the child living with his dad last year when professionals and the court accepted that the manipulation and hate would not end otherwise. The court report is published after the mother lost her attempt last week to appeal the judgement of the court in yet another attempt to exclude the father from their son's life. The mother had a QC to represent her while the father was a litigant in person. A ray of hope as International Parental Alienation Awareness Day approaches on 25th April. Please support our work by sharing and liking this post, following us, supporting the parental alienation petition below, registering with us for free, becoming a member or making a donation. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/22/boy-must-leave-mother-hateful-feelings-father-judge-rules
  • Domestic violence (DV) research to be published in Canada - concludes that the "gender lens" is counter-productive to families and DV is "largely gender symmetric", Authorities such as the police demonstrate "gender asymmetry" e.g. police arresting fathers who allege abuse whilst ignoring their complaints/suffering. This article concludes that collaboration is needed to eliminate all forms of violence and transform family support. Allegations of abuse are often part of the weaponry of alienating parents. 25th April is International Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Please support us by signing the petition pinned to the top of our Facebook page/below, by following us, sharing post, liking, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/trottier-wheres-the-support-for-male-victims-of-domestic-violence
  • “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly" - part of the short announcement that Adele and Simon Konecki have separated. Family separations are challenging and it is therefore vital that the importance to the child retaining a loving relationship with both parents comes first. We wish Adele, Simon and their son, Angelo, well in the coming months and years. FNF work to support parents retaining meaningful parenting relationships after family separation because both parents matter. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/8902351/adele-and-husband-simon-konecki-split/
  • Case law is reflecting the diversity of family life today in giving a co-parent of surrogacy Parental Responsibility to help create a secure future for 'N' as reported in today's Times. No such luck on Child Maintenance which still fails to recognise the responsibilities of non-biological parents - one of it's many failings. (Most of the article is behind a paywall, but a link to the full judgement is in the comments below.) Help us to support separating parents and to get reform of Family Justice, welfare and Child Maintenance to truly support children maintain their parents in their lives. Please follow us, share our posts, like them, register with us for free, become a member or make a donation. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/gay-man-wins-parental-rights-over-surrogate-child-after-split-njk2nz0kd
  • "She is instilling hate in one of the few people who will always love them unconditionally, who is always going to hug them.” the father of daughters abducted to Ukraine told The Times. "Papa is bad" said the daughter. Abduction is a feature of alienation, as is moving to hundreds of miles to frustrate relationships. Such shocking alienation can affect parents regardless of whether they are poor or multi-millionaires as in the case reported this week..25th April is International Parental Alienation Awareness Day. To support our work and stop this abuse please share this, follow us, like this post, register with us for free, become a member or make a donation. You can also sign the petition pinned to the top of our Facebook page to formally recognise such abusive behaviour as a crime. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47372935

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Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families.

Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel

 

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