Child Maintenance, CMS Calculations

Which HMRC Tax Year should the CMS use for calculations?

We get asked this question a lot. It seems the CMS would have both paying ...

The £3.8billion question….Child maintenance arrears

£3.8billion is the figure most often mentioned when politicians, Gingerbread, or anyone else is looking ...
variation is complex

Another biased DWP “consultation” on Child Maintenance

On December 14th, the Government (via Department of Work and Pensions) launched a consultation on ...

Heidi Allen’s Voting Record on Welfare, Benefits and Taxation

The dictionary defines the word hypocrite as follows: Hypocrite noun 1. a person who pretends ...

Heidi Allen and her 10 minute Bill – An analysis

At the Voice of the Child we have been clear regarding how dissatisfied we are ...

Spotlight on Heidi Allen MP

Today we're taking a closer look at Heidi Allen and her "crusade" to change elements ...

UPDATED: Spotlight on Barry Porter, Head of the CMS FIU

We wrote a recent post about the FIU of the Child Maintenance Service in an ...

UPDATED: Open Letter to Anthony Douglas CEO of Cafcass

The text below is an Open Letter to Anthony Douglas, CEO of Cafcass, copied to ...

CMS and the Financial Investigation Unit (FIU)

The current Minister with direct responsibility for Child Maintenance is Caroline Dinenage MP. However, her ...

The CMS have been getting pension contributions wrong for years. Are you due a refund?

We wrote recently on pensions but a recent disclosure of information from the Department of ...

Joint accounts and the CMS – What were the DWP told in answer to their consultation?

We wrote recently about the DWP response to their 2016 Consultation on removing money from ...

CMS – People under the microscope

At the Voice of the Child we are extremely aware that children fare best when ...

The CMS, your data, hacking, and Government profiteering

We wrote recently about the Child Maintenance Service and your personal data. Suffice to say, ...

CMS – Repeating the mistakes of the past, ten minutes at a time…..

We have written before about the Department of Work and Pensions select Committee inquiry into ...

The Child Maintenance Service and Personal Data

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) may hold personal data on anyone with a Child Maintenance ...

Joint Accounts and the Child Maintenance Service

It is very common when discussing the Child Maintenance Service for the subject of Arrears ...

How does the CMS deal with pension contribution levels when considering variations?

The UK Government obliges all employers to contribute into an employee pension scheme to provide ...

CMS Debt Negotiation Tool

The CMS has an increasing caseload, and contrary to their core principles and remit, an ...

The CMS, the DWP, and Universal Credit

We have had it reported to us, (and we personally have seen multiple posts in ...
Calculating the correct figures

Child Maintenance Service – Who makes the Policy?

We have seen some recently released information that has shed some light on who makes ...

Do you have or are you owed Arrears? Put on your Positive Pants.

This article was originally published on Sunday 24th September 2017. An update was made on ...
Calculating the correct figures

Child Maintenance Service: Government Response to the Work and Pensions Committee Fourteenth Report of Session 2016–17

The Government published their response to the 14th Report on Child Maintenance that was released ...

Child Maintenance Service Satisfaction Survey 2017

The Child Maintenance Service is designed to work on the basis of an application from ...

CMS Enforcement Data

We have obtained the figures on enforcements undertaken by the CMS between September 2015 and ...