A new system of child maintenance
Department for Work and Pensions
London: TSO, 2006
This White Paper sets out the government’s plans to establish a new organisation to administer the child maintenance system and replace the troubled Child Support Agency. The new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will:
- Encourage divorced and separated parents to make their own private child maintenance arrangements
- Simplify the maintenance assessment process by using latest tax year information as a basis for calculating child maintenance liability, introducing a system of fixed-term awards of one year, and using gross, rather than net, weekly income as the basis for calculating liability.
- Have additional powers to chase defaulters, including claiming money from the estates of deceased non-resident parents
Work and families: choice and flexibility: additional paternity leave and pay: government response to consultation
Department of Trade and Industry
The government has decided to grant employed fathers a new right of up to 26 weeks Additional Paternity Leave , some of which could be paid, if the mother returns to work. Draft regulations are to be put out to consultation in 2007.