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Welfare reform on the Web (January 2007): Social security - UK

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:

  1. Encourage divorced and separated parents to make their own private child maintenance arrangements
  2. 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.
  3. 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

2006

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.

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