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Child Support Agency: Manpower

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff were employed by the Child Support Agency in each quarter since January 1997; what the estimated numbers are for each quarter until 2012; and if he will make a statement; (141934)

(2) if he will make a statement on plans to reduce Child Support Agency (CSA) staff numbers; and whether such plans will be affected by CSA performance against targets.

The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 21 June 2007:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions regarding the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were employed by the Child Support Agency in each quarter since January 1997; what the estimated numbers are for each quarter until 2012; [141934]

and

If he will make a statement on plans to reduce Child Support Agency (CSA) staff numbers; and whether such plans will be affected by CSA Performance against targets. [141935]

Such information as is available is in the attached table. However, we cannot currently provide anticipated people numbers beyond March 2008 as staffing profiles have yet to be agreed across the Department.

I have provided the average people employed for each financial year from 1997/98 through to 2000/01, as we no longer retain information on a quarterly basis for this period. The information provided is sourced from the Agency Annual Report and Accounts and is set out in the attached Table 1.

The Agency is committed to meeting both the Departmentally agreed headcount target of 9547 by March 2008 and the Secretary of State performance targets for the coming year.

I hope you find this answer helpful.

Table 1

Financial year

Average number of people employed

1997-98

8,445

1998-99

8,156

1999-2000

8,545

2000-01

9,187

Note:

Quarterly information is not available for this period.

Source:

Agency Annual Reports and Accounts.

Table 2

Quarter ending

Number of full-time equivalent people

2001

June

10,071.14

September

10,140.98

December

10,425.26

2002

March

10,690.59

June

10,920.45

September

11,166.36

December

11,202.70

2003

March

11,256.42

June

10,987.77

September

10,696.30

December

10,527.76

2004

March

10,819.02

June

10,671.76

September

10,076.78

December

9,809.96

2005

March

9,784.26

June

9,827.08

September

10,076.55

December

10,648.83

2006

March

11,034.25

June

11,279.85

September

11,416.45

December

11,497.57

2007

March

11,225.04

June

*10,982

September

*10,615

December

*10,238

2008

March

*9,547

Notes:

1. Actuals—for June 2001 to March 2007.

2. Projected—from September 2007 to March 2008.