Child Benefit Contact Phone Number UK Information0843 557 3383
Who Would Call The Child Benefit Number?
People who call the Child Benefit Contact Phone Number UK will usually have their own child(ren), an adopted child(ren) or perhaps have some queries into the polices of the Child Support Agency. The biggest reasons why people will call the Child Benefit number are:
- To see if they are eligible for Child Benefits
- If their child is living away from home
- If they live/work abroad
- Their child has died
- They are looking after a child whose parents are no longer alive
- If they earn over 50,000 GBP
- They are fostering or adopting
If you think you are affected by any of these issues or have a query which is not listed then call the number provided to be sure of where you stand with the Child Support Agency.
What Is The Role Of The Child Support Agency?
The Child Support Agency’s main responsibility is to provide income support to families across the UK who have children under the age of 16 (and in certain situations children between 16 and 20). The agency provides income for each child and often pays the benefits on a 4 week basis; however it can also pay on a weekly basis if needs be.
A Brief History of the Child Support Agency
Child Benefits first appeared in the UK in 1945 when the Family Allowance act was introduced in Parliament. It offered 5s (£0.25) for family per week for each child.
Since then, the laws have been updated and in 1977 the term ‘Child Benefit’ was first introduced into British society. Quite recently, the Conservative-Liberal coalition drafted new plans in 2010 to restrict child benefits to families who are earning over £50,000 a year.
June 23rd 2014
The Department For Work And Pensions recently replaced the CSA and introduced a scheme that encourages parents who have split up to work out a child support schedule by themselves. Under this scheme, going through government if parents cannot reach an agreement comes with a small fee. It was intended to make savings to the child maintenance budget. However, the estimated savings target could be at risk unless the number of parents who reach agreements independently increases soon, according to auditors.
The Department For Work And Pensions expected to save around £220 million a year by reducing the number of parents applying for help with child maintenance. If this was a success, the department would close or move 800,000 cases to the new scheme before the end of 2018. This would mean there are less than 250,000 cases managed by the department.
However, auditors are warning that the scheme was not been popular as of yet. The number of people who choose to have independent arrangements has, in fact, fallen from 5550 to 3600 between August 2013 and March 2014. This number could change dramatically once the Department For Work And Pensions begins to force child maintenance agreements later in this month.
A Department For Work And Pensions spokesperson defended the scheme by saying: “The old Child Support Agency often took responsibility away from parents, encouraging conflict and hostility at huge expense to the taxpayer. More than fifty percent of children living in separated families had no effective financial arrangement in place at all.
“Our reforms mean that many parents are already coming to their own arrangements – thirty nine percent of parents using the new are already opting not to rely on the state to collect and pay maintenance on their behalf. Instead, they are using Direct Pay, a service which enables payments to be made directly from one parent to another.”
June 6th 2014
The government has defended its controversial child maintenance scheme which could charge thousands of single parents unless they can reach an agreement with ex-partners regarding child support. Under the new scheme, the Department For Work And Pensions are charging for state mediation to solve child support. It is intended to encourage ex-partners to work out a child support schedule outside of the system. The state-administered mediation costs £20 to set up with ongoing charges.
The government believes that the system will help save state resources and let the parents reach a civil agreement. Steve Webb, the work and pensions minister, said: “The goal here is to get more child maintenance for more children and to make the default for parents, even though they have separated, to sort things out for themselves rather than rely on the state bureaucracy.”
The changes comes as a result of the Child Support Agency’s replacement with the Child Maintenance Service. Letters informing parents of the changes are being sent to 50,000 households across the United Kingdom.
There are concerns about this new system though. A charity that supports single parents, Gingerbread, warned that it could lead to “unstable” arrangements that will effect the support a child receives. The charity also pointed out that 100,00 parents currently with CSA are unlikely to reach an agreement under these new rules. It’s also believed that the system punishes those who are victims of abuse and may not want to reach agreement with a former partner.
Chief executive of Gingerbread, Fiona Weir, said: “While many parents are able to agree private child maintenance arrangements, for many other parents this just isn’t possible without government help. We’re very concerned that closing CSA cases and bringing in charges may deter some parents from making new child maintenance agreements or pressure single parents into unstable arrangements, and children will lose out on vital support.”
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