Closed petition Public Inquiry into the Child Maintenance Service

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. We want a Public Inquiry to investigate this.

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We want 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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MPs debate the Child Maintenance Service

MPs debated the Child Maintenance Service on Tuesday 27 February.

The debate was led by Sir Stephen Timms MP. He discussed a report published in April 2023 by the Work and Pensions Select Committee, following its inquiry into the Child Maintenance Service. The report included recommendations on how child maintenance is calculated and how money is paid.

The Work and Pensions Minister, Paul Maynard MP, responded on behalf of the Government.

The debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee.

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