Non-paying fathers to be “named and shamed”

Single mothers are to be invited to give the go-ahead to the naming and shaming of fathers who fail to support their children.

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Letters are going out to around 100 parents – almost all of them mothers – asking if they want their former partner’s name to be included on an internet list of people who have dodged maintenance payments.

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The move came as Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton published a Bill to replace the crisis-plagued Child Support Agency with a new commission with tougher powers to make absent parents pay.

The letters from the CSA relate to absent parents who were convicted in the first three months of this year of failing to provide the information needed to deal with maintenance claims for their children.

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The parents looking after the children will be asked if they object to their former partner being named and shamed. If they do not object within 14 days, the names of those dodging payments will be posted on the CSA’s website www.csa.gov.uk.

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