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Indiana University
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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

English PM Orders Abolition of Child Support Agency

English Prime Minister Tony Blair has ordered the break-up of the failing Child Support Agency, saying that it is not suited to the task of collecting child maintenance from reluctant fathers.  The Prime Minister told MPs yesterday that it was extremely difficult for one agency to assess claims, arbitrate in disputes and collect the cash, suggesting that at least one of these functions would be hived off to another organisation. The CSA, which costs £330 million a year to run, has been plagued with problems since it was set up ten years ago. More than one million calls to its helpline went unanswered last year and £1.7 billion in payments from estranged fathers are overdue. Figures released yesterday indicated that the agency collected £1.85 for every £1 spend on administration. Source: Rosemary Bennett, Depty Political Editor, TIMESONLINE, For more information, please click here (last visited December 1, 2005, reo.)

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