House of Commons
Child Maintenance
EDM #668
Tabled 29 June 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House notes the £354 million of arrears owed to families under the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) with just £31 million having been collected through enforcement action in the latest quarter; futher notes that 43 per cent of cases under Collect and Pay arrangements are not receiving any maintenance; recognises that according to a 2019 study by Hakovirta et al, the full and timely payment of maintenance could lift 60 per cent of families living in poverty out of poverty; further recognises the increased hardship families are facing as a result of covied-19; supports those single-parents seeking a judicial review of the Department for Work and Pensions for their persistent failure to collect maintenance; calls on the Government to take action to secure the maintenance to which families have a legal right, including a root and branch review of the CMS to ensure it works effectively for the children it is supposed to serve, to increase enforcement action against non-compliant, non-resident parents, to improve enforcement powers for the CMS, and to introduce a Minimum Maintenance Payment to provide parents-with-care and their children a guaranteed income to prevent hardship and ensure a dignified standard of living.

Signatures (39)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
01 July 2020
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
30 June 2020
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
01 July 2020
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
02 July 2020
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
02 July 2020
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
02 July 2020
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
06 July 2020
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
06 July 2020
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
06 July 2020
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
07 July 2020
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
07 July 2020
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
09 July 2020
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
09 July 2020
McDonnell, John
Labour
16 July 2020
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
20 July 2020
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion