Child Support Agency

Child Support Agency
   The Child Support Agency was established at six centres—Belfast, Birkenhead, Falkirk, Dudley, Hastings and Plymouth—in 1993. It aims to help single parents secure child maintenance payments from their (often absent) partners. There was widespread informed criticism of its approach: it was seen as government ‘interference’ in people’s private lives, biased against men, unworkable because of its mountainous caseload, and setting aside previously agreed court settlements. The agency went through turmoil under three directors in its first four years. In 1997 the National Audit Office refused to accept its annual accounts because of the high level of mistakes, and the Child Poverty Action Group said it was impover-ishing families. In 1998, Labour proposed revisions that would give male parents who were not husbands similar rights, and also financial responsibilities, to fathers married to their children’s mothers.
   MIKE STORRY

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