FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru
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There are many isssues that we would like to campaign about BUT our resources are very limited. You can help in a number of ways
- Write to and make an appointment to see your MP. Tell them about your experience and ask them to suppport one or more of our campaign aims.
- Donate money to the charity to help us campaign effectively (you can do that through our Home Page and our Virgin Money Giving page
- Get onto social media and support the charity's Facebook and Twitter accounts - Twitter - @fnf_bpm_cymru / Facebook - search for FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru
Here are our current campaigning objectives
FAMILY JUSTICE REFORM - battles in the Family Court often fail to solve the problems and actually make things worse. We have produced proposals for change.
We also commissioned YouGov to survey 2000 people across the UK on the matter of legislation for equal shared parenting. The survey showed that 82% of respondents supported a legislative presumption of roughly equal shared care.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - here are our proposals for change. We want to see a separate pathway & strategy for male victims of abuse, amendment to s76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 to extend the criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour to those adults who are no longer living together.
CHILD MAINTENANCE - Paying Parents on low incomes are being driven away from their children and even to suicide by the impossibility of making payments when they dont even earn enough to pay Income Tax. The CMS wastes millions of pounds and causes terrible harm by trying to collect a percentage of a Paying Parents income when that reaches just £5,200 a year. Read more about the issues here
BUT HOW CAN I HELP TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE.........!?
Big changes are happening in the background in Westminster.
A Green Paper (a Government consultation document) is being prepared in the Ministry of Justice that will change the way that Family Justice works. The Home Office is working on a Domestic Violence Bill that will also make changes to family justice. Meanwhile the Department for Work & Pensions carries on with the relentless pursuit of Paying Parents - many of whom simply cannot afford the Child Maintenance they are assessed to pay because their income is below the tax threshold of £11,500 per year.
Now is the time for YOU to be heard. To make things easier we've created a Template Letter that you can use and adapt to raise the important issues with your MP.
Dont forget - please let us know how you get on - AND - whether your MP agrees that BOTH PARENTS MATTER.
Paul Apreda, National Manager, FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru - November 2017