THE revelation that parents in Kirklees are owed £26m in unpaid child support is nothing short of a disgrace.
Criticism has long been pointed at the former Child Support Agency set up in 1993 in a bid to make ‘absent parents’ help to pay to bring up their children after relationships have broken down.
That task has now been taken over by the more tougher-sounding Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission.
No doubt some of the criticisms against these organisations may be justified and they may have their faults as any large bureaucratic organisation has.
But the bottom line is that there will be many parents who are shirking their responsibilities and simply refusing to pay or dodging any attempts to make them do so.
No matter how bitter and angry adults may feel towards one another, surely their children’s health and well-being must still be the primary concern of both.
It’s expensive to bring up children and every penny counts – never more so than in today’s tough economic climate.
People only ever have one chance at childhood.
If their parents have broken up then it would be tough, but don’t turn it into poverty-stricken misery with the children unable to afford doing any of the character-forming activities they would look back on with fondness years later.
In short, don’t cheat them.