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Child Support Agency

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been non-compliant with a Child Support Agency assessment in each year since 2000. (78749)

The number of people who have been non-compliant with a Child Support Agency assessment in each year since 2000 is as follows:

Number of people

2000-01

2,039

2001-02

1,866

2002-03

1,736

2003-04

2,366

2004-05

3,455

2005-06

4,274

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many cases in Northern Ireland the Child Support Agency ordered a deduction from earnings to be made in each of the last five years. (78750)

In each of the last five years, the Child Support Agency has ordered a Deduction from Earnings Order in the following number of cases:

Number

2001-02

1,274

2002-03

1,432

2003-04

2,218

2004-05

1,694

2005-06

2,303

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of running the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (78751)

The total running costs over the last five years are as follows:

Costs (£ million)

2001-02

11.380

2002-03

13.500

2003-04

15.023

2004-05

15.046

2005-06

16.225

The expenditure covers normal operating costs and costs attributed to the child support reforms. The breakdown for the last five years is as follows:

£ million

Operating costs

Child support reforms

2001-02

9.301

2.079

2002-03

10.225

3.275

2003-04

11.130

3.893

2004-05

11.620

3.426

2005-06

12.209

4.016

Please note the Annual Report and Accounts of the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency for the financial year 2005-06 are still subject to review by Audit.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much maintenance was paid through the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (78752)

In each of the last five years, the amount of maintenance paid through the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland was as follows:

Amount (£)

2001-02

11,651,761

2002-03

12,495,532

2003-04

12,646,535

2004-05

13,000,061

2005-06

13,225,567

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff worked for the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. (78753)

The number of staff (measured as whole-time equivalent) who have worked for the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland on Northern Ireland business in each of the last five years is as follows:

Number of staff

2001-02

412

2002-03

459

2003-04

478

2004-05

445

2005-06

480

Information prior to the financial year 2001-02 has been archived and is therefore not readily available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were registered with the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998. (78773)

The number of complaints registered with the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998 is as follows:

Number

1998-99

Data not available

1999-2000

198

2000-01

173

2001-02

216

2002-03

173

2003-04

288

2004-05

528

2005-06

783

In the financial year 1998-99 the Northern Ireland Customer Services section devolved responsibility for customer complaints to individual teams. Problems in the uniformity of recording complaints resulted in the data not presenting a true reflection of the numbers received.