Letter to Dr Phyllis Starkey, MP
The shared care formula
Dr. Phyllis Starkey MP
22nd May 2002
Dear Dr Starkey
This is not a constituency matter. I am writing to you (with a copy to Mr Malcolm Wicks) because of the following exchange that took place on 20th May:
The way "shared care" is handled in the new scheme is probably the single most flawed aspect of the formula. The way 50:50 sharing is handled is truly bizarre!
Evidence for this was covered at length in submissions to the 10th report of the Social Security Select Committee for 1998-99. Evidence is shown in the "Case Studies" shown in the evidence for the afternoon of Wednesday 15th September 1999. I have attached copies of 2 of the case studies. More details were provided (together with a fairer formula) in the 4th Appendix to the report. I have attached just the first page of that Appendix.
(Since that date, the formula has changed to allow a £7 adjustment per child in the 50:50 situation. That makes little difference to the unfairness, but it does have the weird consequence that in some cases the liability becomes less as the number of qualifying children increases!)
I am a childfree business analyst. I explore these and many other issues on my web site, see below. I am attempting to design the system that should follow the new system.
"Child Support Analysis for the 21st Century"
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