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Child maintence fails audit

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The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission – formerly the CSA – gets a bad press. This week’s news that its accounts are still in such a state that the Comptroller and Auditor General has once again been unable to give a full sign off to its Client Funds Account will not do much for its street cred. The problem is that the level of error in maintenance assessments means that the Auditor has felt the need to qualify his opinions on the regularity or receipts and payments, and has raised concerns about the truth and fairness of the outstanding maintenance…

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Child Support: Revolt & Revolution

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Last week, the government suffered a defeat in the House of Lords over its plans to introduce a charging structure for parents needing to use the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) – previously the Child Support Agency (CSA)* – to obtain child maintenance payments for their children. Peers overwhelmingly rejected the idea by a measure of more than 2 to 1. Disappointingly for those who oppose the proposals, the Government swiftly said that it would attempt to overturn this defeat when the Welfare Reform Bill returned to the House of Commons, as it has done today. CMEC can make…

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