Child maintenance survey at odds with government proposals

Child maintenance survey at odds with government proposals

The Government plan to reduce it's involvement in child maintenance arrangements, and instead expects parents to negotiate their own arrangements, or pay a fee to use the services of the Child Support Agency. Whilst of itself this may well prove to be a triumph of optimism over reality, a survey of British Social Attitudes conducted by NatCen Research shows that the majority of those surveyed feel that the law should set a minimum amount for maintenance, rather than leaving it to parents to have to negotiate.

The survey also revealed that the public felt that those on a higher income should pay a higher percentage of their income by way of child maintenance, thus providing their children with more than just the basics, but with some of the things that a comfortable income brings with it.