Child maintenance arrears stand at nearly £4 billion. The vast majority of this debt built up over the troubled 23-year life of the Child Support Agency, now closing down. Yet even under the new flagship Child Maintenance Service, which began work in 2012, nearly half of paying parents using the service owe unpaid maintenance.
Some debt is owed to children now grown up – ‘yesterday’s children’, in the government’s words. But Gingerbread is concerned that efforts to collect even debt to children today are still on the wane – particularly debt that accrued under the old CSA.