Despite replacing the fated CSA, its replacement (The Child Maintenance Service) appears to be struggling to deal with the significant backlog of unpaid child maintenance which has almost quadrupled during the 12 months following its creation.
The real fear is the hardship this is causing for the children would should be benefiting from that financial support.
The CMS’s backlog of uncollected cash has rocketed by nearly £37million in just two years. Outstanding maintenance arrears climbed from £6.7million in March 2014 - soon after it was launched and when there were 45,000 cases - to £26million last March, when there were 116,300. Critics fear the CMS is being hit by the same problems that battered the CSA.