Means-tested Benefits: Child Support

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Craig Mackinlay Craig Mackinlay Conservative, South Thanet

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if his Department will assess the costs and benefits of classifying parentally-agreed child support as income for means-tested benefits.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

In order to help encourage parents to take financial responsibility for their children and maximise the amount of maintenance that flows from the non-resident parent to the child, child maintenance payments made under the statutory scheme or through a family based arrangement are not treated as income for means tested benefits.

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