Equal rights to fine councils back

Common people should be able to fine the council for potholes, broken glass shards, over grown bushes etc. Much like the Council fines people that parks slightly carelessly, yes sometimes parking carelessly is unsafe, but so is poorly maintained roads and paths.

Why is this idea important?

Common people should be able to fine the council for potholes, broken glass shards, over grown bushes etc. Much like the Council fines people that parks slightly carelessly, yes sometimes parking carelessly is unsafe, but so is poorly maintained roads and paths.

Re-write the Matrimonial Act 1986

Limit the time that maintenance is paid to an ex-spouse after divorce – e.g. 10 years – rather than an on-going benefit for life. Make it retrospective. At present, the ex-spouse receives this until such times that they re-marry or die, regardless of whether they co-habit or earn sufficient to support themselves.

Why is this idea important?

Limit the time that maintenance is paid to an ex-spouse after divorce – e.g. 10 years – rather than an on-going benefit for life. Make it retrospective. At present, the ex-spouse receives this until such times that they re-marry or die, regardless of whether they co-habit or earn sufficient to support themselves.

Child Tax Credit Repeal/Reform

The Child Tax Credit was initiated following WWII as an incentive for families to have more children and repopulate the nation.  This is no longer a relevant issue, and the cost of providing this benefit is significant for taxpayers.  It needs to be phased out. 

If we are not willing to get rid of the "tax credit", it needs to be reformed into a true welfare benefit: Currently, eligibility for the Child Tax Credit requires that applicants disclose income from paid employment, but specifically excludes disclosure of maintenance payments and other benefits (housing, automobile, etc) that are provided by a former spouse.  As maintenance is a form of income, it needs to be considered in determining eligibility for the Child Tax Credit.

Further, if this is meant to be a "tax credit", it needs to be linked to the actual tax payer rather than the primary caregiver of children.  Maintenance payments and other benefits are typically provided on a post-tax basis, such that payments under the Child Tax Credit system are not "tax credits" but benefits.  These benefits are not need based, as previously mentioned.

Why is this idea important?

The Child Tax Credit was initiated following WWII as an incentive for families to have more children and repopulate the nation.  This is no longer a relevant issue, and the cost of providing this benefit is significant for taxpayers.  It needs to be phased out. 

If we are not willing to get rid of the "tax credit", it needs to be reformed into a true welfare benefit: Currently, eligibility for the Child Tax Credit requires that applicants disclose income from paid employment, but specifically excludes disclosure of maintenance payments and other benefits (housing, automobile, etc) that are provided by a former spouse.  As maintenance is a form of income, it needs to be considered in determining eligibility for the Child Tax Credit.

Further, if this is meant to be a "tax credit", it needs to be linked to the actual tax payer rather than the primary caregiver of children.  Maintenance payments and other benefits are typically provided on a post-tax basis, such that payments under the Child Tax Credit system are not "tax credits" but benefits.  These benefits are not need based, as previously mentioned.

Responsibilty and Fairness in supporting children financially

I have had involvement with the CSA for 10 years! It has been the worst 10 years of my life dealing with their incompetence and their intransigence. It is one thing for a responsible parent to pay child support, but it is another matter when that parent is being persecuted and criminalised. I have paid and have wanted to pay, but bonus seeking staff have continually targeted me as a 'soft option', whilst failing to collect monies from feckless fathers who have NEVER paid to support their children.

For every £1 the CSA collects it costs £1.85. Billions spent on failed I.T. projects and millions on Executive pay of £250,000 plus bonuses and also staff bonuses.

Negotiation and mediation is the way forward. the carrot with the stick on hand for failing to comply. Re-draft the childrens act to incoporatea chapter on parental responsibility!

I have been through ridiculous costly complaints proceedures many times. My own M.P. supported my case to the PHSO and then collusion and corruption kicked in to thwart any hope of justice that I had. A scandal! 

I challenge Mr.Clegg to meet me as a prime example of how not to deal with responsible parents who pay and to discuss other more cost effective ways of ensuring that children are supported by their parents, whilst at the same time restoring parity in access to their children and restoring faith in a flawed system that has no place in our society, whatsoever!

Why is this idea important?

I have had involvement with the CSA for 10 years! It has been the worst 10 years of my life dealing with their incompetence and their intransigence. It is one thing for a responsible parent to pay child support, but it is another matter when that parent is being persecuted and criminalised. I have paid and have wanted to pay, but bonus seeking staff have continually targeted me as a 'soft option', whilst failing to collect monies from feckless fathers who have NEVER paid to support their children.

For every £1 the CSA collects it costs £1.85. Billions spent on failed I.T. projects and millions on Executive pay of £250,000 plus bonuses and also staff bonuses.

Negotiation and mediation is the way forward. the carrot with the stick on hand for failing to comply. Re-draft the childrens act to incoporatea chapter on parental responsibility!

I have been through ridiculous costly complaints proceedures many times. My own M.P. supported my case to the PHSO and then collusion and corruption kicked in to thwart any hope of justice that I had. A scandal! 

I challenge Mr.Clegg to meet me as a prime example of how not to deal with responsible parents who pay and to discuss other more cost effective ways of ensuring that children are supported by their parents, whilst at the same time restoring parity in access to their children and restoring faith in a flawed system that has no place in our society, whatsoever!