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Closed petition Provide compensation for incorrect child maintenance assessments

Many Paying Parents have had incorrect assessments for child maintenance. This has been followed by wrongful enforcement that has caused financial loss and impacted mental health. We want compensation for people affected by incorrect child maintenance assessments and wrongful enforcement.

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We believe the Child Support Agency/Child Maintenance Service have been causing harm, loss, and damage by chasing PP's for money which has been incorrectly assessed and then using draconian enforcement to collect debts that are not actually owed. In some cases Paying Parents have been made homeless and have been left in a vulnerable and disadvantaged position and suffering from poor mental health as a result of the wrongful enforcement. Compensation must be paid to the victims.

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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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