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Child Maintenance Debate

Child Maintenance Debate in Parliament 23rd July 2019

Deadline is Monday 22nd July at midday

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There’s going to be a debate on the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) on Tuesday next week, 23rd July 2019 at 2:30pm, in Westminster Hall at the House of Commons. The debate will be led by Martyn Day, the Member of Parliament for Linlithgow and East Falkirk.

He wants to hear about your experiences of Child Maintenance on the House of Commons Facebook page or through a short private survey.


Sorry for the short notice. We did not have much ourselves - the survey need only take a minute or three.

The House of Commons has provided two main routes to get your experiences to him by midday on Monday 22nd July: You can use the House of Commons Facebook link (in public) or in private via a survey set up specially with just two questions to answer, one being your name and location and that one being optional.

The debate is an opportunity to flag up and raise awareness of the many different aspects of your experiences of the system and what reforms you feel are necessary.

We have provided Martyn with details of this and suggestions for change, but he now needs your specific examples. If you are his constituent then please flag that up. The protocol in Parliament is that MPs should focus on examples from their own constituencies. If you are not in Linlithgow and East Falkirk then you examples will add to the richness and understanding of his speech and demonstrate the weight of experience and feelings on this matter.

Share your experience with your MP too - Urge them to attend

If you have a chance, share your comments with your MP too and urge them to attend the debate. You can find details of who your MP is here. If you wish, you can share your experiences with us too at (please put 'Child Maintenance' in the subject line) so we can develop a database of case studies to use and take to the Department of Work and Pensions.

For those without Facebook, you can read what the House of Commons Facebook page says below. You can watch the debate live or subsequently on Parliament TV.

Martyn Day MP argues that “the current Child Maintenance Service system is letting down many constituents across Great Britain – both paying and receiving parents. I would like all children to benefit from receiving maintenance payments that are consistent and compatible with the paying parent’s income level."

The questions he is asking your help with are about your experiences -
- Have you had a positive experience in your dealings with the Child Maintenance Service?
- If not, what were some of the issues you faced?
- What would make the Child Maintenance Service work better for you?

House of Commons staff will pass your comments on to him and he may use your examples during his debate. 

Please submit your comments before midday on Monday 22 July.

Your name, and any information or opinions you provide, may be shared with Martin Day MP and used in a parliamentary debate which will be on the record and available on Parliament TV and Hansard. Please ensure that you are happy with your comment before sharing.

To see Parliament's online discussion rules, please visit:

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