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Published on November 25th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford

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Child Support Agency closes to new cases

The Child Support Agency (CSA) is closed to new applicants as from today (Monday) in preparation for the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to take over all new cases.

Single parents’ charity Gingerbread reports that this is the start of the ‘countdown to the closure of all existing CSA cases and government plans to start charging parents who want to use the new service’.

The charity’s chief executive Fiona Weir said the move marked a ‘potential step’ towards ensuring children get the financial support they need, but warned that under the new system there would be charges for both parents should arrangements breakdown, and the CMS had to step in to enforce payment.

Ms Weir said there was a risk that the charges – combined with the closure of all CSA cases – could result in ‘tens of thousands of families’ giving up on maintenance altogether.

“It is deeply unfair to penalise the child for their other parent’s failure to pay and we are calling for the government to scrap the charge of 4 per cent on all maintenance it collects,” she said.

See also: Gingerbread Launches Campaign Against CMS Fees 

 

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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.



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