"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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