Families to be notified of new charges for child maintenance

Letters will sent out today warning separated parents unable to agree on child maintenance payments they will be charged if the Government is forced to intervene, the Department for Work and Pensions said.

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First 52k families 'warned of charges for child support'

The Government is writing to 52,000 parents to begin closing their Child Support Agency (CSA) arrangements and inform them of potential charges if they cannot come to an informal compromise.

The Government says taxpayers are pay £500m for every £1.16bn the CSA spends. Credit: PA

A new agency called Child Maintenance Service will replace the CSA and will collect money on behalf of parents who fail to come to an informal agreement.

However, the Government will now start charging families for this service.

Parents have the option of a family based arrangement - which will cost nothing - or face a £20 charge if they use direct pay.

However, if one parent refuses to pay and the Child Maintenance Service intervenes then both adults will be charged.

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