Barry Shaw, a Nottingham drayman, and his wife, Maureen, were typical. Mr Shaw, who receives income support, used to pay pounds 15 a week to his first wife for their daughter. The CSA wants to raise that to pounds 70 - half his income after mortgage, council tax and water rates. 'We have two boys of our own and are going to be left with absolutely nothing - we are desperate,' Mrs Shaw said.
Mairtine Wray said she and her husband were moving to Ireland to escape the CSA's jurisdiction. Organisers claim that the agency has targeted responsible fathers who pay towards the upkeep of their children while ignoring runaway fathers. At the headquarters, the families laid wreaths. One read: 'In memory of the daughter I once knew. The CSA say paying maintenance to the Treasury is more important than seeing you, sweetheart.'
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