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Absent dads pay up after crackdown.

THE number of absent parents contributing to the cost of their children has hit a new high after a crackdown on non-payers. Nearly nine of out ten are paying through the Child Support Agency after it got tough on "deadbeat dads" who had refused to pay.

Last year, 184,090 Deduction from Earnings Orders were in place, raking in PS330m from wage packets for child maintenance.

Minister Steve Webb said: "I am delighted to see the number of parents who are either not paying as much as they should or nothing at all continues to fall."

The CSA is being replaced by the Child Maintenance Service, with parents who split allowed to agree maintenance themselves.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2015
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