Call our National Helpline on 0300 0300 363
Check availability times

The UK's leading Shared Parenting charity

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.



        Forgot Login?  

Join us now...
Consider a small donation...

FNF will receive 5% of anything you spend with Amazon using this link.

Try it now and bookmark it for future use!


FNF HSSF Kite Mark Award

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


Upcoming Events

23/11/2019 Sat: Harrow Branch Meetings
25/11/2019 Mon: London Central Meeting
26/11/2019 Tue: Harrow Branch Meetings
27/11/2019 Wed: London East (Tower Hamlets)
27/11/2019 Wed: Cambridge Meeting
28/11/2019 Thu: Southport Meeting
28/11/2019 Thu: Exeter Meeting
30/11/2019 Sat: Harrow Branch Meetings
2/12/2019 Mon: London Central Solicitor's Clinic
2/12/2019 Mon: Edinburgh Meeting
2/12/2019 Mon: Nottingham Meeting
2/12/2019 Mon: Northern Ireland Meeting
2/12/2019 Mon: Reading Meeting
2/12/2019 Mon: London Central Meeting
3/12/2019 Tue: Leeds Central Meeting
3/12/2019 Tue: Newcastle Meeting
3/12/2019 Tue: Northampton Meeting