Thursday, May 04, 2006

Jobs for the boys department

Department for Work and Pensions For those of you with plenty of time on your hands, the Department for Work and Pensions has published a 164 page report entitled "An investigation of CSA Maintenance Direct Payments: Qualitative study". The report presents the findings of a study into the suitability of 'maintenance direct', whereby child maintenance payments are paid by the non-resident parent direct to the parent with care, rather than through the Child Support Agency. Personally, I don't have that much time on my hands (or if I do, I have better things to do with it), so I haven't read the whole report. However, I can tell you that it's key findings contain such profundities as that maintenance direct will be more difficult to promote to parents who lack trust in their ex-partners and that "some parents had experienced a range of problems with the CSA, including missing or delayed payments, administrative difficulties and poor customer service". Really?

Reminds me of a Basil Fawlty quote: "Can't we get you on Mastermind, Sybil? Next contestant - Sybil Fawlty from Torquay, special subject the bleedin' obvious".

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