You know, there\’s something tickling at the back of my mind here:
Mothers on the new deal will now keep all the maintenance they get from absent fathers, on top of their benefits, which at least removes the last vestige of an excuse for the majority of absent fathers who pay nothing.
So, erm, both the father of the children and the taxpayer will end up paying for the children? Have I got that right?
Mothers will now get whatever the benefit level is for a child plus whatever maintenance they get? Paid twice over?