UK – Consultation on the abolition and transfer of functions of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

The Government is proposing to:

  • abolish the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (C-MEC) as a non-departmental public body, and
  • transfer its functions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

We will do this using the powers in the Public Bodies Bill, currently before Parliament.

This change will enable Ministers to have more direct control, responsibility, and accountability over the:

  • delivery of child maintenance strategic and operational policy, and
  • ongoing and future reform of child maintenance.

We are seeking views on this proposal. This is a structural change, and the consultation does not imply any change in the services delivered to customers. Please note that we are not seeking views on child maintenance policy issues. The consultation is aimed primarily at those who have a professional relationship with the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, although all views are welcome.

The consultation

How to respond to this consultation

Start date: 10 October 2011

Closing date: 3 January 2012

Please ensure your response reaches us by that date.

We have listed the main questions we would like you to respond to at the end of the document. You are, however, free to respond to any part of the consultation document.

You can respond by email and post to:



Information Management, Devolution and Governance
Governance Team
Department for Work and Pensions
Room 2S25
Quarry House
Quarry Hill

Please ensure your response reaches us by 3 January 2012.

More information

You can get more information about this consultation using the How to respond contact details above.

Our How we consult page has more information about the code of practice we follow and explains how we deal with responses.

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