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MPs hear evidence on Child Maintenance Inquiry

16 May 2011

The first evidence session of the Work & Pensions Committee's inquiry into Child Maintenance will take place on Monday 16 May

Witnesses

Monday 16 May, in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 4.30pm

  • Caroline Bryson, social science researcher,
  • Centre for Separated Families, Nick Woodall, Policy and Development
  • Fatherhood Institute, Adrienne Burgess, Head of Research
  • Gingerbread, Janet Allbeson, Policy Adviser
  • June Venters QC

At 5.45pm (approx)

  • Stephen Geraghty, former Commissioner of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC)

The Work and Pensions Committee is conducting an inquiry into the proposed reforms of the child maintenance system. The Green Paper ‘Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility’ sets out the  Government’s view that parents should be encouraged and supported to make their own arrangements for the maintenance of their children, before deciding to use the statutory maintenance scheme. The proposals include introducing charges for parents who use the statutory child maintenance service.

The first session will seek evidence from a range of stakeholders and experts about the likely impact of the proposed reforms, including the impact on poorer or more vulnerable families.

The session with Stephen Geraghty will be an opportunity for the Committee to follow-up recommendations that its predecessor committee made in 2010 relating to the performance of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

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