Parents charged for using Gov't child maintenance service

Parents who collect child maintenance from their former partners using a new service will lose 4% of each payment from today.

The Government says this is to encourage separated couples to come to their own financial arrangements, rather than relying on them to chase up payments.

This is part of the phase out of the old Child Support Agency and the introduction of the new Child Maintenance Service.

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Charges will provide 'quality service'

"We haven't always provided a quality service" the Pensions Minister told Good Morning Britain, justifying today's controversial introduction of charges for Government assistance in collecting child maintenance payments.

Steve Webb MP likened the new fees to the prescription charge, promising a better service for parents' money.

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