This consultation sets out the Government''s vision for transforming the child maintenance system so the emphasis is placed on supporting families to make their own arrangements. We set out details of our proposals for co-ordinating support services for separated and separating families and outline the way in which the new statutory child maintenance scheme will operate. We also set out further information on our proposals for introducing service charging to encourage collaboration, the way in which victims of domestic violence will be treated and the process of closing existing CSA cases, and ask specific questions on these aspects of our plans
for full details, and further documents relating to this consultation. This consultation closes on 26 October 2012, so we don''t have much time!
All contributions are welcomed, please don''t feel you have to answer all the questions.
Is our ‘self declared’ approach, guarantee of no contact with ex-partners and
exemption from the upfront charge sufficiently inclusive to ensure that there
are no barriers to victims of domestic violence?
Is seven per cent an appropriate level of charge for this personalised service?
In focusing on the severity of the enforcement action, rather than the
actual cost, have we adopted the right approach to enforcement charging?
Have we taken the right approach to enforcement charges within the
In proposing a 30-day notice period in reactive case closure, have we reached
a reasonable balance between the interests of new applicants in having a short
notice period and the interests of existing clients in having an extended period?
How can we best harness the expertise of the voluntary and community sector
and other partners to ensure that the right help is provided to clients during the
period of case closure?
Is six months a reasonable period for both parents to consider their options
for child maintenance in proactive case closure cases, where we end liability
in the existing CSA case as part of the process?
How can we ensure that voluntary and community sector and other partners
are aware of the closure process to enable them to provide support for parents
to reach their own collaborative, family-based arrangements?
Once cases being managed manually have been closed, we are proposing
to closing the remaining ‘on system’ cases on the basis of ‘oldest first’.
Is closing on system cases on the basis of age of case the right approach?
What evidence should the Government consider as part of the 30-month
review? Which variables and criteria would you consider to show success
of the new scheme?