This document contains the following information: Recovering child support: routes to responsibility Sir David Henshaw’s report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
In February 2006, Sir David Henshaw was asked to redesign the system of child support with the following terms of reference: how best to ensure that parents take financial responsibility for their children when they live apart; the best arrangements for delivering this cost effectively; options for moving to a new structure whilst recognising the need to protect the parent in the current system. The report proposes a fundamental change. The aim is to introduce a system that will allow parents to make their own arrangements, with involvement from the state when such arrangements are not possible. In addition most parents on benefits should be allowed to keep the maintenance they receive.
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