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Child maintenance: Parents 'may give up' on support

Changes to child maintenance arrangements could mean force some parents to "give up" on receiving financial support, Janet Allbeson from the charity Gingerbread has said.

Child maintenance is financial support that helps towards a child's living costs when its parents have separated.

The government wants parents to agree their child maintenance agreements "amicably" or face a charge.

Work and pensions minister Steve Webb claimed that such changes will support families in helping them to "sort things out for themselves".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 21 May.

  • 21 May 2014
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