Stop CSA charges
The new system at a glance
|The new system will be called the Child Maintenance Service and will replace the CSA.
Parents will be encouraged to make a private, family-based arrangement for their child maintenance rather than use the Child Maintenance Service to collect maintenance.
Where this doesn't work or isn't possible, parents with care will have to pay a £20 upfront fee to apply to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
Having paid £20 and got a calculation, parents will in almost all cases be asked to try a Direct Pay arrangement, where the paying parent pays the CMS amount to the parent with care directly. It is only if this does not work, that the CMS can step in and collect the maintenance due.
Parents with care who use the Child Maintenance Service to collect maintenance from their child’s other parents will then be charged an ongoing fee of 4 per cent on any maintenance paid.
The paying parent will be charged an extra 20 per cent charge, added on to their child maintenance amount, if they are in the collection service.
What our campaign has achieved so far
With your help, we've made a huge impact on the proposals since they were first announced. Here's what you've helped us achieve:
- A reduction in the upfront fee single parents will need to pay to use the new statutory system (The Child Maintenance Service) from £100 to £20
- A landslide defeat of the proposals in the House of Lords, with peers voting against the government in record numbers
- reduction in the ongoing collection charge for single parents from a proposed seven per cent of all maintenance paid, to four per cent.
What we’re still fighting for
Fundamentally, Gingerbread believes it’s wrong to charge single parents to access money their children are entitled to. We will continue to campaign against the charges at every level.
We also have real concerns about how the new system will work practically, particularly for single parents with maintenance arrears and for those who have been victims of domestic violence.
We will voice our concerns at every opportunity to work towards the creation of a child maintenance system that genuinely helps single parent families get the money their children deserve.
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