In order to understand the basis for the current calculations someone made a request to the Child Maintenance Service in August 2017 to ask:
Please could you provide me with the data that is used to work out the annual amount of maintenance needed to pay for a child. Specifically:
- Where the percentage of gross income information was and is derived from.
- The body that conducted the study and when.
- What contributing factors the amount of child maintenance is paying for i.e: clothing, food, etc
The Child Maintenance Service responded as follows:
A percentage of income calculation has been used to determine the value of a child maintenance liability since the creation of the Child Support Agency administered 2003 Scheme. In the 1998 Green Paper, “Children First: A new approach to child support,” the government set out the rationale for the percentages used. This paper is freely available in the public domain, but in order to be helpful I attach this in Appendix A.
When the Child Maintenance Service was introduced we increased the percentages in line with the change from using a net salary figure to using a gross salary figure. This change was publically consulted on in the “Child Support Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012: A technical consultation on the draft regulations”. This paper is freely available in the public domain, but to be helpful I attach this at Appendix B. The relevant section is at paragraph 61.
Appendix A can be found here:
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Appendix B can be found here:
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