Agenda for the 21st Century
Child Support Agenda for the 21st Century
Parents should have equal status by default
Partners should know about paternity
All children should have been accepted children
Eliminate sex discrimination from child support
There should be no Treasury saving or state compulsion
Child support should be formally awarded to the children
Use a formula to determine the amount
Have closer ties between child support administration and family courts
Use a symmetrical formula that treats both parents similarly
Household benefits/credits should not be treated as income
Amounts should relate to spend on children, not wealth
Also - Exclusions from the Agenda for the 21st Century
Also - A method of judging proposals
Also - International Agenda for the 21st Century
Related topic - Can Child Support Agencies ever work?
Related topic - The 21st Century is making the reformed scheme obsolete
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Have closer ties between child support administration and family courts

Under development

What?

Move child support administration to the Lord Chancellor's Division.

(Note - the most likely destination in the absence of this Agenda item is the Inland Revenue).

Why?

To evolve a better fit between residence / contact and child support. It will come under the same Cabinet Minister, and perhaps the same minister, and eventually legislation will start to be made with both in mind.

How?

Just move it! (Then reshuffle ministers at a convenient time).

References

Relationship to other Agenda items
   
Other pages in this web site
   
Potential lobby groups
Families Need Fathers  
Other relevant external links
Green Paper "Children First: the child support Green Paper"
Available on-line and as pdf files. Summary pdf: 96KB. Full pdf: 344KB.

"We recognise that non-resident parents have a vital role to play in their children's lives". "Children have a right to care and support from both their parents, wherever they live".

"... the Government believes that: all children have a right to emotional and financial support from both their parents, wherever they live".

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