Closed petition Public Inquiry into Child Maintenance Service assessments and enforcement

We are concerned that incorrect assessments and inflation of amounts owed by paying parents, combined with excessive use of enforcement action, has caused significant distress to many paying parents, leading in some cases to catastrophic consequences.

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We, therefore, require the Government to launch a Public Inquiry to investigate how Child Maintenance Service maintenance assessments have been conducted, the validity of the £3.8 billion of arrears, the enforcement action taken by the Child Maintenance Service to collect arrears, and the impact this has had on paying parents.

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Government responds to petition about incorrect child maintenance assessments

The Government has responded to a public (paper) petition about incorrect child maintenance assessments. The petition was presented to the House of Commons on behalf of the petitioner Craig Bulman.

The petition asks the House of Commons to urge the Government to urgently compensate those affected by incorrect child maintenance assessments and wrongful enforcement. The petition states that assessments have been carried out by the Child Support Agency (CMA)/Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and that there is no proper way to compensate victims.

In response to the petition's request, the Government states that if a parent disagrees with a calculation decision made by the CMS, they can ask for a mandatory reconsideration. The Government says that if a parent is unhappy with the outcome of the mandatory reconsideration, they can appeal to the independent Social Security and Child Support Tribunal within one month of the mandatory reconsideration decision. The Government's response added that the CMS must consider the welfare of any children when considering enforcement action. Safeguards are in place to ensure enforcement is reasonable and proportionate.

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