Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Margaret Ferrier is calling upon her constituents to help scrap the controversial Tory government policy to ‘tax’ victims of domestic abuse for exerting their right to child maintenance.
The SNP MP is urging constituents to sign a petition, which has been organised by her colleague Angela Crawley MP, that calls for the UK Government to remove the 4% collection charge on child maintenance payments that applies to parents using the ‘Collect-and-Pay’ service – managed by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
The CMS exempt victims of domestic violence from the £20 application fee, but does not permit exemptions from the monthly charges.
Commenting, Margaret Ferrier MP said:
“Victims of domestic abuse should not be forced to pay punitive fees due to their inability to engage with an abusive ex-partner.
“Yet again, the Tories are punishing vulnerable members of our society, with a policy that shows an inherent lack of compassion or understanding. In doing so, they risk putting the lives of domestic abuse survivors and their children in danger.
“The UK Government need to urgently review this unfair tax and listen to calls from charities, the public and MPs to scrap it. Ultimately, it will be the children that child maintenance payments are intended to support who will lose out if they fail to do so.”
Ms Ferrier is urging constituents to sign the petition at www.domesticabusevictimtax.co.uk