The costs of children are something that is frequently mentioned in discussions around Child Support. Where is the research?
Category: Child Maintenance
Research into the Child Maintenance Service and how they impact on the financial wellbeing of children
The CMS must use current income and the most recent tax year income from HMRC – so why do they lie about which year they can use?
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.
We’ve only been online for 4 months – here’s what we’ve achieved so far:
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...
We explore the attitudes of the MP Heidi Allen when it comes to the self employed, Limited Company Directors and the Child Maintenance Service.
We investigate the history behind the man running the Financial Investigations Unit; Barry Porter
We’ve taken a look at the CMS Financial Investigation Unit (FIU), how they’re trained, and how they operate. This is the first of many articles to come.
The CMS has been treating pension contributions wrong for years. We examine the problem.
You may be due a refund.
What was the DWP told by the responses to the Joint Account Consultation? What did Gingerbread, Resolution, the British Bankers Association, the Money Advice Trust and, the public tell the DWP?
Voice of the Child will be looking closely at a number of individuals responsible for the shambles that is the Child Maintenance Service. We outline them here.
We need your help as well. Get involved.
The CMS relies on a set of documents known as “Policy, Law and Decision Making Guidance” or “PLDMG” to guide its caseworkers. We reveal them here.
We have obtained a full set of the Child Maintenance Service Policies and Procedures taken from their internal systems. NOTE: We are in the process of indexing these documents and this page will be...
We have discovered that the UK Government is literally profiting from the large amount of Arrears it has allowed the CMS to build up. In addition, your data may have been the subject of a hack.
Heidi Allen is continuing her misguided crusade against parents and children with a 10 minute Bill being held in the House of Commons on November 28th.
You need to understand the history behind her actions and their potential implications. Get your MP involved and make your voice heard in joining us for a wholesale reform of the Child Maintenance Legislation in the UK.
How do the Child Maintenance Service use the information you provide to them and what information do they collect (and from whom)?
The Department of Work and Pensions intends to widen the powers available to the Child Maintenance Service to include the taking of money from Joint Bank Accounts. A worrying and unwelcome development that is not at all child focused.
How does the CMS treat pension contribution levels when a variation application is made? What is considered to be an “excessive” level of contribution?
The CMS are supposed to negotiate with Paying Parents to put in place sustainable and reliable payment plans for arrears. What does their policy say?
Are the DWP and CMS engaged in a campaign to encourage Universal Credit recipients to open or pursue CMS cases?
Policy Decisions at the CMS play a role in how the DWP/CMS enact the legislation passed by Parliament. Who is responsible for the policy?
Child Maintenance Service: Government Response to the Work and Pensions Committee Fourteenth Report of Session 2016–17
The Government has issued its response to the Report earlier in the year by the Work and Pensions Select Committee. We cover some of the main points here.
We have obtained the figures on enforcements undertaken by the CMS between September 2015 and June 2017.
How the CMS can arrange to have money taken directly from bank or building society accounts to pay off arrears.
Variations are a source of confusion within the UK’s statutory Child Support Maintenance scheme. We the available grounds here.
The Child Maintenance Service has the ability to write off arrears in cases where this may be appropriate. But do they?
The DWP were asked to provide copies of the case studies that they’re relying on in their published Impact Assessments for the Child Maintenance Calculations
How do staff at the CMS get measured and how much can they earn as a bonus a the year end. Do you think they deserve their bonuses when you take into account the service you have received?
How does the Child Maintenance Service treat paying parents who are the sole directors and shareholders of their own limited company?
We have written a pro forma letter for you to print out and send to the CMS. You will need to amend the highlighted sections to that they are particular to your own case