Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'List of Shame' Branded Gimmick

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'List of Shame' Branded Gimmick

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Proposals to name and shame "deadbeat dads" were yesterday branded a gimmick, as the Government unveiled plans for a tough new enforcement body to replace the crisis-prone Child Support Agency (CSA).

And opposition parties accused ministers of dragging their feet over the scrapping of the CSA, as it emerged the transition to the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (C-Mec) will take up to six years.

The new Commission will be able to deduct cash direct from non-payers' bank accounts, as well as take away their passports or driving licences, tag them and impose curfews if they fail to support their children.

And it will be able to charge absent parents for the cost of pursuing them if they default on payments, potentially saving the taxpayer millions of pounds.

Under the new system, parents will be encouraged to come to private agreements on financial support for children when they separate, rather than being required to comply with officially-set maintenance arrangements, as imposed by the CSA. …

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