Majority of separated parents in Yorkshire are paying up for children (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Majority of separated parents in Yorkshire are paying up for children
10:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
The number of separated parents in Yorkshire and the Humber paying Child Support has risen this year, latest official figures show.
More than four-in-five of the region’s separated parents – 82 per cent – have contributed to their children’s upbringing after a relationship breakdown, according to the Child Support Agency’s new statistics.
The figures mean 90,650 children are benefiting from the payments, and that is 3,160 more from the same time last year.
Work and Pensions Minister Lord Freud (pictured) said: “The vast majority of parents in the CSA are now contributing towards the cost of raising their children, and these figures confirm that doing so after separation is the normal thing to do. Half of parents in the state system tell us they could work things out between themselves if given support to do so, and our reforms will help them do just that.”
Changes are now being made to the child maintenance system to encourage more parents to collaborate and work things out between themselves.
The government has already come up with a number of initiatives, including parenting classes for the hardest-to-reach teenage mums and dads, as well as online counselling.