DWP need to change CMS calculation system to better support separated families.

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The Department of Work and Pensions need to take action for a fairer system to support children. The new system in place is not sufficiently thorough in calculating a fair monthly child maintenance payment to the detriment of a great deal of children. The CMS do not take into account the full financial position of a non-resident parent when making calculations for child maintenance. Historically the CSA looked at paying parents complete financial position within their calculations taking in to account capital assets/wealth and unearned Income (both UK and Overseas) of the non-resident parent.

An example of this disparity is shown in how within the space of a week from a CSA case changing over to CMS jurisdiction at the end of April 2018 a child maintenance calculation has reduced from CSA maximum assessment £500 p.w. (plus allowing top-up at court) down to the CMS calculated figure of less than £100p.c.m. a reduction of 96% (not including the further reduction from the top-up ordered in court resulting in a 98% reduction). This is hardly in the children's best interests and certainly does not provide a fair assessment for their upkeep.

This petition is to request reform of the CMS calculation structure. The CMS need to take into account the full financial position of self-employed, wealthy non-resident parents who are able to navigate the system by minimising their tax returns resulting in a minimum child maintenance assessment allowing them to evade their financial responsibilities towards their children and equally allowing those with a particular disposition to continue to inflict on-going financial control upon their ex-partner and children.



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