Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th June 2020.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps is the Child Maintenance Service taking to assess the finances of parents claiming they cannot pay due to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

No one should use this time as an excuse to avoid their child maintenance payments. However, where paying parents experience a change in income, we can review their case and check if the amount paid should change. If it does not, they should continue to make payments.

No one will get away with giving false information and those abusing the system will find themselves subject to the full extent of our enforcement powers.

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