To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on charging parents for the use of his Department's child maintenance services.
The implementation of legislation, put in place by the previous administration, to allow for charging in the new statutory child maintenance service, is part of the coalition Government's much broader strategy to encourage parents to collaborate more around the financial welfare of their children if a family experiences the separation or divorce of parents.
At present the child maintenance system can drive a wedge between separated parents. The Government want to help and encourage parents to collaborate and reach family-based maintenance arrangements wherever possible.
Along with easier access to wider support services, the gateway to the statutory scheme will ensure parents are supported to take responsibility and make family-based arrangements.