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Press Release: FNF Talks to BBC Money Box about Heidi Allen MP’s Proposed Child Maintenance Bill


16th February 2018 - for immediate release

FNF tells BBC Radio 4 Money Box programme that Heidi Allen MP’s Child Maintenance Bill gets headlines by focussing on the problems of the rich. 

But she fails to address the underlying problems of child support for both separated parents.

DWP officials undertake to investigate issues of ‘affordability’.

As backbench MP Heidi Allen’s Child Maintenance Bill approaches its second reading on 23rd February, BBC Radio 4 Money Box Programme is looking at the problems with the current child support system.

Taking part in the programme FNF spokesman Michael Lewkowicz says the system is still set up to pit separated parents against each other and undermines any goodwill they may have to collaborate in the parenting of their children.

The reality is that for the vast majority, separation affects both parents financially but the anecdotal cases on which Heidi Allen relied at the first reading of her 10 minute rule bill diverts attention from the problems of the majority.
Specifically, the current formula for Child Maintenance:

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