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Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents from whom the Child Support Agency is seeking to collect maintenance have arrears of over (a) £100,000, (b) £50,000, (c) £25,000, (d) £20,000, (e) £15,000, (f) £10,000, (g) £5,000 and (h) £1,000; and if he will make a statement. (146174)

The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive. He will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 18 September 2007:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about 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 non-resident parents for whom the Child Support Agency is seeking to collect maintenance have arrears of over (a) £100,000 (b) £50,000 (c) £25,000 (d) £20,000 (e) £15,000 (f) £10,000 (g) £5,000 and (h) £1,000 and if he will make a statement [146174].

The information requested is provided in the attached table.

I hope you find this answer helpful.

Number of non-resident parents (NRP’s) with arrears: June 2007

Amount of arrears

Number of NRP’s

Up to £1,000

480,390

£1,001 to £5,000

232,810

£5,001 to £10,001

76,660

£10,001 to £15,000

33,110

£15,001 to £20,000

18,790

£20,001 to £25,000

11,370

£25,001 to £50,000

22,760

£50,001 to £100,000

5,320

Over £100,000

120

Notes:

1. The information provided is for all individual non-resident parents (NRP’s) at June 2007. Where a NRP is involved in more than one case, their total debt has been used.

2. The table above includes those old-scheme cases with either a full maintenance assessment or an interim maintenance assessment; plus those new-scheme cases with either a full maintenance calculation, or a default maintenance decision.

3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.