Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th July 2022.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the impact of increases in the cost of living on payments made by non-resident parents.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Child maintenance payments made by the non-resident parent are designed to be fair and affordable whilst ensuring they contribute a significant amount of their income to support any children they no longer live with.

A banding system ensures that the very lowest earners pay a flat rate of £7 per week, and those with no income pay nothing. Those that can afford to make a bigger contribution do so at a rate that reflects what they earn.

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