Consultation outcome

Child maintenance 2012 scheme: proposed changes

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The government’s response to the consultation summarises the main points made by respondents and provides it’s response to these. The government has announced that it will lay the amendments before Parliament with 1 minor change.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

This consultation invited views on a small number of proposed changes to the 2012 child maintenance scheme.

Documents

Consultation on changes to the child maintenance 2012 scheme

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Draft Child Support (miscellaneous amendments) regulations 2013

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Consultation description

This consultation asked respondants to give their views on the following:

  • changes to allow caseworkers from the Child Maintenance Service to request current income information from the non-resident parent at the application and annual review application stages
  • basing a non-resident parent’s income on historic income provided by HM Revenue and Customs even where that figure is nil
  • making parents responsible for reporting relevant changes in circumstances relating to a variation in their maintenance calculation

The consultation document also sets out details of 2 related measures which did not require a change of policy and so were not open for consultation.

Who was this consultation aimed at

We welcomed comments from stakeholders, in particular:

  • parents who live apart
  • representative organisations for parents who live apart or their children
  • representatives of the legal profession and members of the general public with an interest in child maintenance issues