Jo calls for child support overhaul

Jo wants to see urgent reforms of the Child Support Agency

The Government is failing children and must take urgent action to overhaul the floundering Child Support Agency, according to Jo Swinson MP.

Speaking in a Liberal Democrat sponsored debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Jo blamed basic flaws in the system for the failings of the CSA. The agency has been dogged by administrative problems since it was set up in 1993.

Following the debate, Jo commented:

“Four out of five absent parents paid no child support in the three months to October 2005, there is a backlog of over 330,000 cases and government targets are missed time and time again. The Prime Minister has agreed that the agency is not properly suited to task.

“The CSA is a persistent source of frustration and distress for people in East Dunbartonshire, as it is for people all over the country.

“The Government has persisted with the failing CSA for far too long. The agency should be put out of its misery and its functions transferred to HM Revenue and Customs. This would be the best way to deliver a system that provides the child support that families need.”

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