A new service launched this month makes it easier for businesses to meet their legal obligation to deduct child maintenance from employee’s wages. The Child Maintenance Service Employer Self Service replaces the old paper-based system with a new free online portal.
Using the self service website you can:
• View the amounts you are due to deduct for specific employees
• Complete an online schedule that details your actual deductions and the total payment
• View schedules and payments you have made previously
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has set up a dedicated team of 25 staff to deal with any enquiries from employers regarding child maintenance, thus providing a better service for them through a single point of contact.
Work & Pensions Minister Steve Webb said “This new online service will reduce the time and effort needed for employers who have to deduct child maintenance for their staff and will be particularly helpful to small businesses. We are replacing the outdated child maintenance system with a more efficient streamlined service to better support parents and employers.”
Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/child-maintenance-for-employers