Child Support Agency admits that it made up the amount of arrears to scare and mislead parents and now the DWP accepts that these fake arrears have been carried across to the CMS. It’s time for a full public enquiry.
Author: Voice of the Child
On December 14th, the Government (via Department of Work and Pensions) launched a consultation on their “Child Maintenance: a new compliance and arrears strategy“. They said The proposals in this consulation seek to strengthen...
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Arrears can build up when a person is due to pay child support maintenance via the statutory scheme but fails to pay the entire amount due on time. The difference between what is due...