Lone parent families should be assisted in seeking maintenance - John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that should be assisted and supported in seeking maintenance payments by a statutory State service.
The Wicklow TD said that Sinn Féin have already published proposals for the establishment of a Child Maintenance Service making it easily achievable for the Government to set up.
Speaking on his party’s proposals, Teachta Brady said:
“Following a survey conducted by lone parent organisation One Family, a number of lone parents have been speaking out in recent days about the issues they face when seeking child maintenance.
“These issues are not new. Lone parents have always been left to seek maintenance payments from an ex-partner alone and in many cases with no other option than through the courts.
"The Government have been content to ignore these issues yet at the same time place an unfair obligation on lone parents to seek maintenance to qualify for the One Parent Family Payment.
“The survey carried out by One Family tells us that of the 1,063 respondents almost 42% receive 'no financial contribution from their child(rens) other parent' with a quarter of those that do receive a payment not receiving it regularly.
“We should not be forcing lone parents into courtrooms, to do so does not even guarantee the maintenance will actually be paid. Court is not the place for maintenance to be agreed.
“Lone parent families deserve better. They should be assisted and supported in seeking maintenance payments by a statutory State service. Sinn Féin have the proposals to make this happen we simply need Government will.”