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Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Sponsors:
Peter Hain
Department for Work and Pensions
Lord McKenzie of Luton
Department for Work and Pensions

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 c. 6 - pdf version (PDF, 358KB) 09.06.2008

Summary of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008

The Bill proposes to replace the Child Support Agency with a new body, the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. 

Parts 1-3 and Part 5 of the Bill aim to reform the child support maintenance system. Part 4 contains provisions to extend compensation to all people suffering from diffuse mesothelioma.

The Child Support Agency was set up in 1993 following the Child Support Act 1991, which was subsequently amended in 1995 and 2000.

Key areas

  • Changes the present system of maintenance collection
  • Changes the way maintenance payments are calculated
  • Strengthens the collection and enforcement methods available to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission
  • Introduces new powers to manage debt
  • Fast tracks up-front lump sum payments for people diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma and their dependants
  • Amends the Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) Act 1997 in order to fund payments through a compensation recovery mechanism.

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