This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers new measures confirmed in July 2018 to improve compliance and allow arrears to be written off for the statutory child maintenance scheme.Jump to full report >>
Shortly before the “Child Maintenance Arrears and Compliance Strategy 2012 to 2017” expired, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) launched a consultation on a new strategy. In July 2018, the Government published its response to the consultation which took forward the proposals it had set out, but with some modifications.
The key measures announced in the July 2018 Government response are:
The Government has said that these changes, along with the power to write off sequestrated debt in Scotland and previously announced proposals to allow deductions from joint bank accounts, will be introduced during autumn 2018. Changes relating to welfare benefits which will be implemented at an (unspecified) later date.
These measures will complement the existing spectrum of collection and enforcement powers, more details of which can be found in a separate Library paper.
This note applies to Great Britain only (i.e. United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland).