In January 2012 the Mission and Public Affairs Council submitted a response to the Department for Work and Pensions' public consultation on the abolition and transfer of functions of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.
In April 2011 the Mission and Public Affairs Council submitted a response to the DWPs' public consultation Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance.
In the response we argue that because the interests and wellbeing of children must come first in the welfare system, an effective and sensitive child maintenance system will be one which:
- will seek to help parents negotiate their parenting and financial responsibilities towards children
- will be operated in tandem with appropriate support services
- will not discourage people from using the system by levying charges
- will therefore only levy charges after the parent making the claim has secured some financial support from the other parent
- will not introduce the levying of charges until the consequences of applying them have been rigorously assessed after a period of robust testing.