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Child maintenance plans punish the poorest, says Barnardo's

Release Date: 04 Jul 2011

In response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee recommendations on the Government's Proposed Child Maintenance Reforms, Barnardo's chief executive Anne Marie Carrie said:

Barnardo's believes that proposed charges to be levied on parents claiming child maintenance are both unreasonable and unfair. Our services work with families who live on just £13 per person per day. Parents in this situation cannot afford to pay these kind of fees that will inevitably cause undue hardship during a time of difficult family breakdown.

"The Government must make it its mandate to better support families living below the breadline. If the welfare of our children is to be paramount, a system must be created that truly meets the needs of those living in poverty."

The UK’s largest children’s charity is calling for fees and collection charges to be abandoned for families on benefits or low income. The impact of child maintenance payments is of particular importance at a time of rising food, fuel and rental prices, cuts to services and job losses.

Notes to Editors

This release is relevant to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Provisions to implement child maintenance proposals are contained in the Welfare Reform Bill.

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