Child support

Jonathan Bradshaw

This study examines the potential impact of child support in the strategy against child poverty.

Child support – i.e. payments to parents living with children, from non-resident parents – was not specifically designed to alleviate child poverty but could potentially contribute to that purpose This study reviews the impact of child support on child poverty, both positive and negative. It assesses the current failures in the child support system, and identifies the difficulties in assessing the effect of child support on the families and individuals involved, and its success or otherwise in addressing child poverty. 

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