About Time!

Sophie Heawood takes out an onion for another unsympathetic cause:

Just when you thought our trigger-happy leaders might finally have run out of easy targets – disabled people who can’t run from the Atos testers, foster parents to charge with a bedroom tax – it seems they have found another one.

Oh, really?

Single mums who need help making an absent father pay for his children – it’s your turn to feel like a failure. Again.

Yup! Because you are. You chose an unsuitable and unreliable man to father your offspring. You lose at life. That’s not grounds for expecting an expensive government department to help you sort out your affairs.

Under new rules set to come in “this summer” (a date description as vague as the new financial arrangements are to be), the Child Support Agency (CSA) will be dissolved and a new body called the Child Maintenance Service will appear. Couples in need of help will be “encouraged” to come to a private agreement. If they can’t, they will be charged a £20 fee to open a new child maintenance case.

Fair enough. Mediation is expensive, so why should the taxpayer have to stump up the cost for childults who can no longer get on despite having procreated?

Certainly, if you think the mark of civilisation is people being able to grow up and just get along, the CSA won’t be something you hold dear.

I do and it won’t.

…I wonder if our law courts will no longer be available to those wealthy couples who spend months arguing before judges about whether the one with £200m should give their ex more than the £30m they’ve offered. Are these feuding exes going to be told to get out of our courts and stop wasting our time or risk a fine? Of course not. They’re rich.

No, you miss the point. It’s not ‘because they’re rich’.

It’s because they aren’t asking taxpayers to stump up for it, unlike Chantelle & her sprog by the chap she met in the local bar or her cousin after that hen night or maybe that plumber that came round one day.

Are they?

6 comments for “About Time!

  1. Amiss
    May 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Why should single mums get any money at all from the fathers of their children?

    I am a single father who spent years paying the CSA and when my ex died, my son came to me. I, obviously, don’t get anything from her. I am not rich and have below national average income.

    I guess i was brought up with old fashioned self-reliance values, not a sense of entitlement. Oh…only us men know how to bleed….. i may just get the hang of this victimhood 🙄

  2. May 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    So C$A now becomes CM$.

    Oh, you missed the bit about fathers being charged four times the fee mothers have to pay; and the fees charged by the CM$ on the payments. 20% of what is coughed up by the paying parent (mostly the father) is kept for ‘admin’. Mother gets 80%.

  3. mona
    May 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

    We are in an age of barbarism of subtle cruelty where demons like Blair and his protege Cameron and creatures like Ian Duncan Smith practice legal torture.

    • Errol
      May 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      You’re going to need to explain that. As the article states, a woman’s poor choice of ‘father to her children’ is her problem, not mine.

      • mona
        May 29, 2014 at 6:56 am

        You dont get it do you, a woman in Pakistan was beaten to death for making a choice of who the father of her children would be, women are the weaker sex how many women have no choice? you think its not your problem but it is, its ours,, your attitude and lack of empathy is the problem.

        • Errol
          May 30, 2014 at 11:17 am

          The article is not discussing Pakistan.

          You referenced ‘legal torture’ without qualification. The artcile is about women making poor choices and then demanding the state do something about it. Your reply was unsubstantiated wibble.

          Then you spout off about some daft moral irrelevance about how suppressed women are. You are completely ignoring the topic of the piece, namely the state taking away responsibility from the woman for her own life – something thankfully that we have and encourage in the UK.

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