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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Charity: Government 'taking money from children'

The Government's new charge on parents using a state managed child maintenance payment system is "taking money away from children," Caroline Davey, Director of Policy at the single parent charity Gingerbread, told Good Morning Britain.

Ms Davey said: "The Government will generate millions from this. Some of that money, money for the Government, is being taken away from children."

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