The Child Support Agency has recently released figures which show that around 876,000 children were benefiting from child maintenance payments at the end October, an increase of 7,400 on the previous quarter.
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A new survey by charity Gingerbread has revealed that 46% of single parents currently using the Child Support Agency to access child maintenance payments will not be able to afford the proposed fees to use the new child maintenance service. Just over 70% have also said they could not set up private arrangements with their ex-partners - meaning their children would simply have to go without maintenance support.
Two UK charities have warned that if the Government proceeds with its proposed changes to the child maintenance system, around 868,700 children could be left without necessary maintenance payments.