Friday, July 25, 2014

70,000 pay $16.77 weekly in child support

The number of liable parents paying the minimum amount of child support - currently $16.77 weekly - has risen from 59,536 at April, 2009 to 69,968 at December, 2013. An 18 percent increase.

Minimum payers make up about 52 percent of all liable parents. In 2009 the percentage was forty six.

One of the Left's poverty solutions is to transfer the child support payment directly to the custodial parent rather than the IRD retaining it to partially offset the benefit bill. They want the taxpayer to shoulder more of the cost of raising financially-orphaned children. Assuming that most of the custodial parents with liable parents paying the minimum amount are on a benefit, their incomes wouldn't  rise very much.

And for those whose ex's are in prison, perhaps the most needy, they wouldn't get any extra. During 2013, 786 prisoners were exempted from paying child support.

The left writhes over collective responsibility for unacceptable child poverty, while 7 percent of all children have a biological parent paying less than the price of a packet of cigarettes for their weekly upkeep.


Mark Hubbard said...

Another fact I read last week, (can't remember link), was that twice as many children in the UK have a television in their home than have their biological father living in the home. Guess who (what) is bringing them up.

Brendan McNeill said...

Mark and Lindsay

On that note, approximately 50% of 15 year olds in the the USA will have spent some time being raised in a single parent family.

I believe the same is true for the UK, although I couldn't find the link.

It's probably the same here.

This is all being fed by the sociological dynamics in the video you linked to recently Lindsay, 'coming apart'.

Our problems come back to the utopian public policy platforms of Western Governments. There are some things the State cannot fix and broken families is one of them. They more they try, the worse the situation becomes.