Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families have reported that the child maintenance service is failing to ensure that children receive the appropriate level of support.
Children deserve more details how, in too many cases, loopholes in the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) mean that non-resident parents are paying a fraction of what they should. The CMS is supposed to calculate and, when necessary, enforce the payments that children need. But the report argues that recent reforms have instead prioritised administrative convenience over all other concerns. This has led to a situation, says Gingerbread, where desperate parents are repeatedly being let down by a system that seems designed to be as unhelpful and opaque as possible.