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Children: Maintenance

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the policy of the Child Support Agency is on British fathers paying child maintenance to non-British mothers resident in the UK. (168396)

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 10 January 2008:

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, what the policy of the Child Support Agency is on British fathers paying child maintenance to non-British mothers resident in the UK. [168396]

The Agency will make a maintenance calculation provided the parent with care, non-resident parent and the qualifying child are all habitually resident in the United Kingdom. The nationality of the parents does not affect this policy.

A person is habitually resident if he/she is ordinarily resident and has been for an appreciable period. While each case is different, the Agency has to take account of the person's circumstances and intentions as follows:

the person's normal centre of interest or connections to a particular place;

the length, continuity and purpose of residence in the United Kingdom;

the length and purpose of any absence from the United Kingdom; and

the nature of the person's work.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 328-29W, on children: maintenance, how many individuals received a consolatory payment from the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997; what the average value of payment was in each year; and how much was paid in total in consolatory payments in each year. (172827)

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 10 January 2008:

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, pursuant to the Answers of 27th November 2007, Official Report columns 328-9W on children: maintenance how many individuals have received a consolatory payment from the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997; what the average value of payment was in each year; and how much was paid in total in consolatory payments in each year. [172827]

Information on the number of individuals who receive consolatory payments is not available. However, the total number of consolatory awards, the average value of each payment the total amount paid is provided in the table below. Information prior to December 2001 is not available.

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Total number of consolatory awards made

8,335

8,435

5,891

9,001

9,208

9,194

Consolatory payments (£ million)

0.696

0.661

0.406

0.582

0.608

0.666

Average (£)

83.50

78.36

68.92

64.69

66.03

72.44

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