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Children in poverty: Child Maintenance Service


Children in poverty: Child Maintenance Service is the third and final part of the Committee’s wider inquiry into children in poverty, following on from the Measurement and targets, and no recourse to public funds.

The Committee will be looking to find out:

  • How many children in the UK live in separated families? What proportion of these children are living in poverty?
  • What prevents parents from establishing family-based arrangements?
  • What barriers are there for parents when trying to access support from Child Maintenance Service?
  • How can DWP improve the CMS to better support children living in poverty?

Read the call for evidence to find out more detail about the inquiry.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 8 July 2022.

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