Consultation outcome

The Draft Child Support Management of Payments and Arrears (Amendment) Regulations 2012

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

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Detail of outcome

The department will have the power to accept part payment of arrears in full and final satisfaction, but will only use this in exceptional cases.

Original consultation

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Summary

The proposed debt management powers will assist in bringing to a resolution cases where arrears are unlikely to ever be collected in full.

Documents

Consultation document: Child Support Management of Payments and Arrears (Write off and Part Payment in Full and Final Satisfaction) Amendment Regulations 2012

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Equality analysis: Child Support Management of Payments and Arrears (Amendment) Regulations 2012

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Consultation description

This consultation concerned new arrears management powers allowing the department to efficiently manage the level of child maintenance arrears that have previously accumulated.

The department remains committed to pursuing arrears of child maintenance and ensuring that parents meet their financial responsibilities for their children. Arrears remain due, parents will not be relieved of their liability to pay and the department will (as now) continue to pursue arrears whenever a parent with care wishes and to do so is in accordance with the legal obligations and established policies. The proposed implementation of the debt management powers does not therefore represent a significant change of policy.

These powers will, however, aid the department in bringing to a resolution a small minority of cases where the arrears are unlikely to ever be collected in full.