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Poverty: Children

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of children lifted out of poverty of all parents receiving child maintenance and arrears payments due via the Child Support Agency. (186116)

The information requested is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is as follows.

The receipt of child maintenance payments, through all arrangement types including the Child Support Agency, currently lifts around 100,000 children out of poverty.

The Child Support Agency's operational improvement plan is expected to help lift further 30,000-40,000 children out of poverty.

The overall effect of the redesigned child maintenance system with more parents with care getting maintenance and enabling all parents with care to benefit from a significantly higher disregard will be to lift at least a further 100,000 children out of poverty.