Deadbeat dads compelled to pay report £900m in youngster assist payments final yr

DEADBEAT fathers spit off a record £ 900 million in outstanding child support payments last year.

The money helped care for more than 730,000 children – and lift 100,000 out of poverty, the Child Maintenance Service said.


Absent fathers paid a record £ 900 million in outstanding child support payments last yearCredit: Alamy

Her investigators tracked down the absent fathers before using their powers to seize money from their bank accounts or have it deducted from their wages.

In one case, the service secured £ 74,000 for a single mother after pinning her ex-partner for £ 150,000 a year.

He agreed not to pay until after the CMS took legal action to seek the forced sale of his home.

In another case, two brothers tried to forge a DNA test to evade paid family support.


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Eight in ten children who benefit from maintenance come from single parent families, and in the past seven years the percentage of no-pay has halved, according to the CMS.

DWP Minister Baroness Stedman-Scott said: “There are still many cases where irresponsible parents do everything possible to evade their responsibility to their children.

“This is where the Child Maintenance Service comes in.”

The mother of three who has been “ripped off” by poverty premiums and high-priced loans feels “existent, not alive”.

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