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Child maintenance enforcement to be sped up, government says

12th February 2024

BBC News

Child maintenance enforcement to be sped up, government says.

Parents who refuse to financially support their children face quicker penalties under government plans, it has been announced.

Ministers say enforcement times will be cut from six months to six weeks.

The government confirmed a £20 application fee for parents seeking intervention when maintenance is not paid will end later this month.

Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said the reforms will make "the system fairer" for parents and children.

"We know the vast majority of parents strive each and every day to give their children the best possible start in life," Mr Stride said.

"But those who shirk the financial responsibilities they have for their children must be quickly held to account."

The government estimates around 10,000 parents a year refuse to pay maintenance and could be affected by the "fast-tracked" enforcement.

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