MP demands fairer child support system

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows speaks in the House of Commons
Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows speaks in the House of Commons

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows has demanded to know what the Government will do to make the child support system fairer on parents and children.

During Prime Minister’s Questions Mrs Fellows said: “It is not compulsory for parents to declare any changes that may impact on the amount a parent should pay.

“If it is found that a parent did not make their altered financial circumstances known there are no penalties and no requirement to make backdated payments.“

Mr Cameron replied he would investigate the system’s shortcomings.

He said: “We have all seen the problems with the system, and we know the old system with the Child Support Agency also had many imperfections.

“We have tried to introduce more voluntary arrangements and to encourage parents to seek ways to ensure fair payments are made, but I will look closely at her question and perhaps I can write to her about it.”

Afterwards Mrs Fellows commented: “It is morally wrong this is allowed to happen as it can plunge already struggling families receiving child support further into poverty.

“Women are considered one of society’s vulnerable groups. When 92 per cent of lone-parents are women who may have to juggle a job and child care, it is vital the government reforms the child support system to help all struggling parents and their children.

“People would be surprised by the number of constituents who approach me about the child support system. It is for these constituents that I have raised these issues with the Prime Minister.”