The contribution of child maintenance payments to the income packages of lone mothers

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Using the UK Families and Children Study (FACS) (2008-09 wave), this paper assesses the contribution made by child maintenance to the income packages of lone mothers and whether it helps to lift them out of poverty. Results show that, despite reforms implemented in October 2008 which allowed parents on means-tested benefits to keep up to £20 per week of child maintenance, the effect on poverty is disappointing. The median amount of payments remains low and only a minority of lone mothers report receiving any money. This raises concerns about the UK Coalition government's latest proposals to introduce charges for using the statutory child maintenance scheme.

Keywords: CHILD MAINTENANCE; FACS; INCOME PACKAGE; LONE MOTHERS; POVERTY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/175982712X657109

Publication date: February 1, 2013

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