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Policy blogs on child maintenance

Our policy experts write about the latest issues in a changing child maintenance system. We highlight the challenges faced by single parents using the Child Support Agency (CSA), and now the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) - and the impact on the children they raise.

'How the government has prioritised administrative convenience over child support'

July 2017
Despite extensive reforms, the child maintenance service still allows many parents to pay a fraction of what they can afford. We outline how the government can tackle these loopholes.

'How the government’s new child maintenance service leaves domestic abuse survivors out in the cold'

March 2017
The government wants to transform how we think about domestic violence, but its own reforms are putting survivors who are owed child maintenance at risk - we discuss a way forward.

'Government has quietly published reports on the impact of child maintenance reforms. Here’s what you need to know'

February 2017
We explain the unfavourable evidence on child maintenance reforms emerging from the DWP's evaluation research.

'The Child Support Agency is disappearing - but what about maintenance still owed for children?'

July 2016

March 2016

'Cracking down on parents with child maintenance debts: why it is hard to be optimistic

January 2016

'Child maintenance arrears: why government boasts of success ring hollow'

January 2015

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Maintenance Matters: Our policy evidence and recommendations on child maintenance reforms