BR NS Auditor Justice – CP

by ahnationtalk on May 30, 201880 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
May 30, 2018

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s justice minister says while the province is making progress in its collection of court-ordered spousal and child support payments, there’s clearly “a lot more” work to do.

Mark Furey is reacting to a report by auditor general Michael Pickup who says the province has failed to collect more than 60 million dollars over the lifetime of the maintenance enforcement program.

Furey says arrears on active cases have been declining and are now at their lowest level in four years at around 49 million dollars.

The department says it registered a 19 per cent increase in enforcement activities since March of last year at around 23-thousand.

But Progressive Conservative critic Tim Halman points to other problems highlighted by Pickup including caseloads ranging from 330 and 450 per enforcement staff.

Halman says that’s a clear indication that the program needs more resources to deal with numbers he says are overwhelming.

N-D-P critic Claudia Chender says with about 14-thousand children affected, the government has to address the problems highlighted by Pickup in a timely manner.


(The Canadian Press)


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