DWP consultation on child maintenance arrears management powers

The Department for Work and Pensions has today launched a consultation on the planned implementation of two new arrears management powers within the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 ("the 2008 Act"). The powers to be implemented are:

Section 32 - Power to accept part payment in full and final satisfaction; and
Section 33 - Power to write off arrears.

By way of background, the 2008 Act gave the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission a number of new arrears management powers designed "to allow the Commission to manage efficiently the level of child maintenance arrears that have previously accumulated and are owed to the Child Support Agency". The Government proposes to take regulations to Parliament in spring 2012 to enable the introduction of these powers.

You can find the consultation here and a news release from CMEC, here.

The consultation closes on the 12th March 2012.


  1. Remitting arrears - isn't that what courts used to do and what led to the creation of the CSA in the first place?


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