Posted 5 March 2019
Published on 8 February 2018
The government’s draft strategy has welcome proposals, but lacks strategic intent. There are signs that the Department for Work and Pensions is listening to concerns that Gingerbread has raised about loopholes which allow some parents to pay far less child maintenance than they should.
But there’s little detail on what has been learnt on tackling unpaid maintenance since the 2012-2017 strategy, and new approaches taken as a result. There is a risk that there won’t be the step-change in enforcement action needed to ensure a zero-tolerance approach to non-payment.