General Article Child maintenance is crucial for single parents in the UK

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If you’re a single parent in the UK, you’re more likely to be struggling – more single parents than couple families have no savings, or are in social housing. But child maintenance – the money single parents receive from the child’s other parent – has the potential to really make a difference. Janet Allbeson, Senior Policy Adviser at Gingerbread, explains why the Government shouldn’t start charging for their Child Support Agency services, which help many single parents get the child maintenance arrangement they need.

The majority of the British public think the Government should set – and enforce – how much in child maintenance payments single parents should receive from their child’s other parent. So why isn’t this message getting through to the Government?

Child maintenance can make a huge, practical difference for single parent families. It can help pay fuel bills, buy clothes for children or fund school trips that are otherwise a real stretch. For particularly financially vuln...

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