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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department takes to ensure that absentee fathers are financially responsible for their dependent children. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 10282 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-23more like thismore than 2015-09-23
star this property answer text <p>The new statutory child maintenance scheme (“the 2012 Scheme” - administered by the Child Maintenance Service) has a number of key features designed to ensure that non-resident parents meet their financial responsibilities to their children. <br></p><p>For example, the 2012 Scheme uses tax data taken directly from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, addressing challenges around ensuring that the child maintenance calculation is based on accurate earnings information. The scheme also enables swifter identification and follow-up of those non-resident parents who fail to pay their child maintenance. <br></p><p>Where non-resident parents fail to meet their liabilities, there are a range of enforcement powers; for example, child maintenance can be taken directly from bank accounts and wages; non-resident parents are subject to charges for any enforcement action taken against them; and the Government has also introduced a new power to disclose non-compliance to credit reference agencies.</p><p> </p><p>Note:</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for the Child Maintenance Service in Great Britain, in Northern Ireland Child Maintenance is administered by the Department for Social Development.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Witham more like this
star this property answering member printed Priti Patel remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Priti Patel more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this