New laws will be brought in to allow deductions to be made from joint accounts in order to recover child maintenance arrears, the Department for Work and Pensions has announced. It is said that closing this loophole could stop a number of parents avoiding paying their child maintenance each year. The government's response to a public consultation on joint account deductions has been published. This sets out how deduction orders against joint accounts will work and the safeguards that will be in place to protect the other holder of the joint account. For the response document, click here. 29/10/17
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