Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents' Income) Ten Minute Rule Bill


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Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents' Income)

Recorded coverage of Conservative MP David Burrowes introducing his Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents' Income) Bill in the Commons, from Wednesday 19 April.


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Ten minute rule motion. I beg to move that these be given to bring in

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a Bill to equalise the assessment and enforcement of child maintenance

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arrangements of children of self-employed parents with that of

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other employed parents. I do welcome the great interest of an attendance

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of Honourable members for my Bill, but feel like something of a filler

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in the Prime Minister's San Mitch. The Honourable members attention

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will be focused on the next motion rather than my Bill, however many

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parents have waited all too long for a fairer child maintenance for their

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children and will not let a general election get in the way of their

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campaign. The campaign message at the heart of my Bill, to use the

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Prime Minister pot pardons, is that we needed help maintenance service

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that will work for everyone, not just a privileged few. This issue.

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The. Stop the clock, please. I appreciate the interest and other

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matters, but the subject matter of this Bill is of very great

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importance to huge numbers of parents and children around the

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country and I think it is, to put it mildly, unseemly that while the

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honourable gentleman is speaking about his Bill, there are a number

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of animated private conversations taking place, including those being

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conducted by normally immensely courteous members of the house. If

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the house could settle down and listen to the eloquence of the

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honourable gentleman, we would all be grateful. Of great and broadens

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and interests of the public. It is also a great cross-party one. From

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the time of the Thatcher Government, recognising the principle that all

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Prince Harry continued responsibility to reasonably

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contributed children's upkeep. Parents in need of child maintenance

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who have nowhere else to turn. It must cater for all children,

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including those whose parents are self-employed with complex financial

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affairs. My interest in this issue has arisen from my constituent

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Elizabeth who is in attendance today. As well as four other equally

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brave women, super mums, and there will be other like-minded women who

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have come to surgeries. Elizabeth, Melissa, JoAnn, Sue and Kate have

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religiously pursued the cases and could read the text but on how

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parents good... They're been removed in replacement to the MS processors.

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It is useful to have read me to introduce this Bill and my

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honourable friend with the Work and Pensions select committee that an

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enquiry into the CMS which is due to report imminently. If you are a

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child whose nonresident parent is up and Plaid Cymru your risk of being

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financially disadvantaged convert HL twos nonresident parent is employed.

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Nonresidents other employed parents are being indulged by the CMS. The

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Government 's defence to discharge of injustice is that closing the

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loopholes which enables such child maintenance avoidance is, I quote,

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expensive and time component to do so. -- time-consuming. The

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Government does not take such a relaxed attitude to those who avoid

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paying benefits taxes. An annual budget of ?4 billion, this money

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feels to get a grip of nonresident parents who hide their income from

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the CMS by exploiting legal loopholes. It is welcome that the

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DWP has beefed up its financial investigations unit to a 50 strong

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team and good that the Minister for world for a delivery who is here

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today to listen said to be working pensions select committee that the

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apparatus of the bank accounts and tax records and seek to clarify

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where things are at not adding up. -- have powers to look at bank

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accounts. Children should not be paying the price of the ongoing

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injustice of unpaid child maintenance. Fewer than half of

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eligible children do not receive anything at all. Elizabeth's Sun is

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one of those whose should not be paying for the ?40,000 price of what

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he is owed over six years in jail maintenance. Simply because his

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father has a clever accountant who can help hide his African non-in

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comparing accounts businesses and property. This maintenance liability

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would not have been uncovered without the determination of his

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mother taking the case through to tribunal hearings and relying on the

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old rule which would allow for assets to be looked at. They

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eventually revealed that the other parent is assets valuing the lot

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from the sale of businesses and inheritance and found that he could

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regularly pacey as a maintenance to support their teenage son. The

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problem may build six resolvers that under the 2012 CMS scheme, the same

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parent is held to have a nil child maintenance and is liability. It was

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then at 40,000, it would now be nil. Being based largely on gross taxable

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income figures are provided by the HMI C. This model, I accept, works

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with the majority of straightforward cases were a paying parent pot

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school income is to play by claimant. It works as well with the

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paying parent takes more in other forms. It is not what at all when

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the income does not show up at HMR IC. There are some nonresident

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parents who support their lifestyle from income not from income at all.

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For example from substantial assets from capital gains, property

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transactions. Such paying parents have no child maintenance liability

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at all. Parents are now left to a limited child maintenance support

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system which may be cheaper and more efficient for a simple cases, but

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for more complex cases this speak and weeks to injustice. This

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injustice is compounded by the 2012 rules not only abolishing the

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grounds to change assessments, but also cutting of the avenue for

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redress through the courts. The Government's response was that the

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assets ground for a variation proved difficult to administer and

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difficult for our clients understand. What has proved

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difficult for my constituent Elizabeth is to obtain justice for

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the maintenance for her son and what is difficult for Elizabeth

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understand is why the state has chosen to prioritise its own

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administrative convenience of the interest of her child. The enquiry

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into this issue has heard evidence from parents and other nonresident

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parents with a lifestyle that does not matter to quote income. The CMS

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advisers will go off to the HMR IC and they will be left in limbo

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because nonresident parents are not committing tax fraud, but are

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avoiding child maintenance because they can hide behind their self

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implied status. The organiser finances in a tax avoidance manner.

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One mother told a website how it CMS advised her to accept a ?100 payment

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from her ex-husband had yourself implied it was the best he could

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hope for, regardless of evidence that he was capable of paying more,

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hadith is therefore business, multiple properties and more

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physical assets than you could imagine. Gingerbread's Chief

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Executive said Britain was my child maintenance system is concluded that

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into a culture where to meet parents think it is optional rather than

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obligatory to play there to help's maintenance. It cannot be right that

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someone can avoid paying child maintenance because his relevant tax

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year removed is liability. Why did it remit is liability? Because in

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that year he bought a truck. The CMS should not allow the financial

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interests of a truck to come before a child. The state should not be an

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accessory to child maintenance avoidance. The Government has its

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eye on the self-employed to make the tax system work for everyone and

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issued include the child maintenance system as well. My Bill will reform

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the CMS to correct its current failures and cater for children,

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company directors and those with private financial affairs. A

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notional income could be assumed were a paying parent pot Webster was

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inconsistent with income and that should be made available within the

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CMS scheme. The new variation ground should be made available whereby a

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fair rate of insight should be assumed from an asset where it is

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capable of producing a reasonable level of return were a paying parent

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has chosen to recall such an income without good reason, bearing in mind

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there are maintenance responsibilities for the children.

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The Bill were also grab the court jurisdiction with the nonresident

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parent has the assets and the CMS is unable or incapable of determining

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the child maintenance support. Whilst my Bill comes at the very end

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of this Parliament, it may just help prompt the spring report setting out

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the 30 month review into CMS. Back in 2012, a Lloyd said we will make

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clear our intent is including a specific review. No doubt that will

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include the impact on families of the ?20 fee which my Bill will seek

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to exempt. The campaign of single families has that the child

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maintenance can lift a fifth appearance on low incomes out of

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poverty. The lack of child maintenance should be another

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burning injustice for the Government to tackle. Given this Bill is

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probably the least likely ever to become law in this parliamentary

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session, there is every point in highlighting on behalf of

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constituents and important for their children the unfairness of it. This

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may be an early bid for the manifesto, it may also be an early

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public bid to be included in the next Queen 's speech, either way I

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look forward to delivering social justice with improved hell-bent on a

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system for all. -- tailed maintenance. As many as are of the

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opinion, say "aye". To the contrary, "no". I think the Ayes have it. Who

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will prepare and bring in the Bill? Child maintenance assessment of

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parent pot income Bill. Second reading what today? The 12th of May

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I suppose. I shall delete the last two words uttered. 12th of May.

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