Janet Allbeson

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    How the government’s new child maintenance service leaves domestic abuse survivors out in the cold

How the government’s new child maintenance service leaves domestic abuse survivors out in the cold

For parents who cannot reach a ‘family-based’ child maintenance arrangement, the statutory service is the other option. The government has introduced a fee waiver for survivors of domestic abuse who apply to use this service. But although the reform is welcomed, the way it works still leaves many trapped between a dangerous dilemma: get financial support at the risk […]

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    Government has quietly published reports on the impact of child maintenance reforms. Here’s what you need to know

Government has quietly published reports on the impact of child maintenance reforms. Here’s what you need to know

With the public focus on Brexit, developments in other policy areas are going under the radar. But there might be another reason why enough publicity has not been given to DWP research on child maintenance reforms – the unfavourable evidence it reveals. Janet Allbeson explains the findings of two quantitative surveys.

Almost exactly five years ago, in the face of […]

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    Child maintenance arrears: why government boasts of success ring hollow

Child maintenance arrears: why government boasts of success ring hollow

Behind the attention-grabbing headlines presented by the coalition government, the reality for single parents who are owed child maintenance is very different. In this article, Janet Allbeson examines what exactly is going on and argues for a stretching of the arrears collection target, dedicated arrears enforcement teams, and greater transparency and accountability to single parents to whom the maintenance is owed.

Minister Steve Webb was […]

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    Single parents owed child maintenance arrears should not get their hopes up following the government’s latest announcement of tough new action

Single parents owed child maintenance arrears should not get their hopes up following the government’s latest announcement of tough new action

The government announced that parents who default on child maintenance payments will be referred to credit reference agencies, potentially leading to the refusal of loans and other credit instruments to parents in arrears. We should temper our optimism, however, says Janet Allbeson. There is a very clear danger that the new Child Maintenance Service will prove reluctant to use the new enforcement […]

Cost considerations seem to have trumped the building of an effective child maintenance system

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission set out to maximise the number of children who have effective maintenance arrangements. Janet Allbeson argues that it is in reality financial pressures that is driving government policy, just as it was in previous decades when parental support for the child maintenance scheme eroded. Six years after first being announced, and after three slippages in delivery dates, the new statutory […]