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Consultation on further reform of child maintenance enforcement powers

Consultation runs until 11th February

  • The Department for Work & Pensions has published a consultation paper seeking views on changes to enforcement powers that can be employed by the Child Maintenance Service. 

    There are two changes up for consideration   

    1. Clarifying and qualifying a CMS inspector's ability to enter private property. The proposal is that a judicial warrant for entry will be required where initial access to premises is refused, or is expected to be refused from the outset 
    2. A widening of the current list of organisations with a legal obligation to provide information following a request by the CMS. The proposal is that both mortgage lenders and occupational pension providers will be added to the list. The DWP thinks that this would enable them to reduce the time it takes to obtain relevant information relevant and "ensure the receiving parent receives payments sooner". 

    The consultation runs until 11 February 2019 and the full proposals can be found on the DWP website

Article, published: 14/01/2019


Published: 14/01/2019


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