Child support

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on financial support for children. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. For social support, see children's social services.

Commons Briefing Papers

15.07.2015Sure Start (England)
The development and impact of the Sure Start early years programme since 1998, from the initial targeted, local partnership-run programmes through to universal local authority-run children's centres.
06.11.2014Childcare Payments Bill
This is a report of the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Childcare Payments Bill. The Bill would introduce a new tax-free childcare scheme to support eligible parents with childcare costs. Under the scheme, the Government would provide 20 per cent support on costs up to 10,000 per year for each child via an online account. The Government would top up any payments made into the account, capped at a maximum Government contribution of 2,000 a year for each child.
27.08.2014The 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme
The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 provided for a new, 'gross income' child maintenance scheme to replace both the existing means of calculating child maintenance, which was introduced in December 2012. All new cases are now being admitted to the new scheme. The Government intends to transfer all existing cases to the new scheme by 2017. This note provides an overview of the scheme's introduction and timetable for implementation.
17.07.2014Child support: when a non-resident parent lives abroad
This note explains when the Child Support Agency (CSA) and Child Maintenance Service (CMS) continue to have jurisdiction in respect of child maintenance when a non-resident parent lives overseas, and the alternative method of obtaining child maintenance from a non-resident parent who is not habitually resident in the UK
27.01.2012Welfare Reform Bill 2010-12: amendments at the Lords Committee and Report stages
The Welfare Reform Bill has its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 31 January 2012. At Report Stage in the Lords, the government suffered defeats on amendments relating to under-occupation of social housing, the Employment and Support Allowance, the proposed benefit cap, and child support maintenance
22.08.2011Child Support Agency: key statistics
Some headline figures on the activities of the CSA, and sources of further statistics.
08.06.2011Welfare Reform Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is an account of the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. It complements Research Papers 11/23 and 11/24, prepared for the Commons Second Reading debate.
04.03.2011Welfare Reform Bill: reform of disability benefits, Housing Benefit, and other measures
This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons. For information on the provision in the Bill relating to the introduction of Universal Credit, please see the complementary Library Research Paper, 11/24. Besides Universal Credit, the Bill proposes a number of other significant welfare reforms, including replacement of the current Disability Living Allowance, restriction of Housing Benefit entitlement to social housing tenants whose accommodation is larger than they need, time-limiting the payment of contributory Employment and Support Allowance to twelve months, and capping the total amount of benefit that can be claimed.
13.03.2009Welfare Reform Bill: Committee Stage report
This is a report on the Committee Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. It complements Research Papers 09/08 and 09/09 prepared for Commons Second Reading.
23.01.2009Welfare Reform Bill: disabled people, child maintenance and birth registration
This paper is one of two which examine the main proposals of the Welfare Reform Bill 2008-09. It deals with Parts 2-4 of the Bill, which include provisions for a new right for disabled people to control how public resources are used to meet their needs, new powers to enforce child maintenance, and for the joint registration of births. See also Research Paper 09/08.

Lords Library Notes

03.12.2014Childcare Payments Bill (HL Bill 56 of 2014-15)
This note provides an overview of the Childcare Payments Bill, and its passage through the House of Commons earlier this year, ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on 9 December 2014.

Select Committee Reports

13.10.2010The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and the Child Support Agency's Operational Improvement...
Government response. Work and Pensions Select Committee; Department for Work and Pensions report [Commons]
10.02.2010Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and the Child Support Agency's operational improvement plan....
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House recognises the good efforts of the Child Support Agency (CSA) to ensure parents receive the money to which they are entitled; further recognises that child maintenance ...
That this House acknowledges the Cumbria Domestic Violence Partnership as a beacon of good practice in tackling domestic violence; notes that domestic violence makes up 14 per cent. ...
That this House expresses concern that women who move into women's refuges to escape domestic abuse are responsible for purchasing a full-price television licence should they wish to ...
That this House supports the Government's aim to eradicate child poverty and believes that sufficient resources and investment must be available to the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses