CSA SEQUEL SET TO FAIL

December 13, 2006 2:27 PM

Commenting on the Government's plans to abolish the CSA, Jenny Willott MP for Cardiff Central and member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, said:

"The new agency must be a fundamental change from the old and not just a re-branding exercise for the existing CSA.

"The concern is that new gimmicks alone will fail to deliver the tough and effective new body which people expect.

"The idea that naming and shaming people on a website is the answer to the CSA's problems is ridiculous and just Government by gimmick.

"The CSA is in a shambles, with £3.5bn owed to parents, and ¼ million cases waiting to be processed, with an average waiting time of almost 500 days. In addition, the CSA spends £1 to collect every £1.85 which is appalling.

"The CSA should be incorporated into the HM Revenue and Customs so that it is much easier to assess how much people should pay, and deduct money at source.

"The Government's proposal to use people's tax data from earlier years could mean using information which is 20 months out of date - causing more appeals and administrative chaos.

"If the Government wants to get really tough, it must not write off a single penny of unpaid maintenance which has any chance of being collected."

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