Child maintenance chaos scandal

Sarah Coles
flooded playpark
flooded playpark

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Those who have had to fall back on official channels in order to get a reasonable level of child maintenance from an absent parent have often reached rock bottom. They are desperate for help in the complicated and expensive business of raising children, and need the government to deliver quickly, accurately and fairly.

So it is shocking news that an annual report about those responsible for maintenance settlements reveals significant errors and failures.