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Scrap the 'domestic abuse victim tax' - please sign the petition

Categories: Articles:Social Justice | Published: 20/02/2017 | Views: 1020
Please sign the new petition calling for the UK Government to scrap the ‘cruel and callous’ tax on victims of domestic abuse. The petition calls for the UK Government to remove the 4% collection charge on child maintenance payments that applies to parents using the ‘Collect-and-Pay’ service.

Payments made to the ‘Collect-and-Pay’ service are managed by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and can be removed directly from the paying parent’s bank account. The ‘Collect-and-Pay’ service also has enforcement powers available to ensure maintenance is paid on time and in full.

The CMS exempt victims of domestic violence from the £20 application fee, but do not make any exemptions from the monthly charges. In response to a written question that I tabled at Westminster, the UK Government said the charges are in place to encourage parents to pause and consider whether they require the ‘Collect-and-Pay’ service – encouraging parents to utilise the less bureaucratic ‘Direct-Pay’ scheme.

However the ‘Direct-Pay’ service does not offer the same protections as ‘Collect-and-Pay’ and can continue the cycle of abuse.  Victims of domestic abuse should be protected by the UK government, not punished financially for their inability to engage with their abusive ex-partner.  Read more and sign the petition here


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