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Do You Want to Influence Child Maintenance Policy?

Have your say by attending a Focus Group
Westminster 24th April 2019 6 pm to 7.30 pm

A government agency has commissioned research into living standards and well-being of separated parents, with respect to child maintenance and the benefits system. The study will focus particularly on parents who pay Child Maintenance.

Whist the work will focus on the issues around benefits, including Universal Credit, it will consider other matters that affect paying parents.

Examples of issues that you may be able to assist with:

• Unaffordable assessments for Child Maintenance
• 20% ‘collect’ system surcharge
• Issues with variations of pay e.g. if self-employed
• Work that does not pay
• Shared parenting not taken into account fairly
• Housing cost issues
• Second family costs
• Travel cost issues
• Assessments that don’t reflect court orders or promote breaking them
• Overturned court agreed maintenance
• etc

The research has been commissioned by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC). They are a statutory body that makes independent recommendations to the government on complex regulations, so this is an opportunity for your voice to be heard.

Please email admin@fnf.org.uk with ‘Child Maintenance’ in the subject heading if you are able and willing to attend this with an outline of your situation and we will confirm details in a couple of weeks’ time.

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