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Public Inquiry into the Child Maintenance Service

Submitted by Craig Bulman on Monday 2nd October 2023

Published on Monday 9th October 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 9th April 2024

Current Signatures: 7,017
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Petition Action

Public Inquiry into the Child Maintenance Service

Petition Details

We are concerned that incorrect assessments and inflation of amounts owed by paying parents, combined with excessive use of enforcement action, has caused significant distress to many paying parents, leading in some cases to catastrophic consequences. We want a Public Inquiry to investigate this.

Additional Information

We want the Government to launch a Public Inquiry to investigate how Child Maintenance Service maintenance assessments have been conducted, the validity of the £3.8 billion of arrears, the enforcement action taken by the Child Maintenance Service to collect arrears, and the impact this has had on paying parents.


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