Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th March 2016.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to ensure that child support awarded by tribunals under the pre-2012 Child Support Agency system are upheld under the post-2012 system.

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

Tribunals do not award Child Maintenance, they direct on individual decisions.

If an individual chooses to apply to the new 2012 scheme after their case on one of the legacy schemes is closed, the rules of the 2012 scheme will apply. Clients are able to provide evidence of prior Tribunal decisions when requesting, or contesting, a new decision which will be taken into consideration where appropriate.

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