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Children: Maintenance

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of children live in families receiving Child Support Agency payments. (225345)

[holding answer 9 October 2008]: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Commissioner for Child Maintenance.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children live in families receiving Child Support Agency payments (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total cohort. [225345]

The Agency does not hold information on the number of children who live in families receiving child maintenance payments; however information on the number of children in respect of whom child maintenance is paid is available. At the end of September 2008, regular maintenance had been received in respect of 778,200 children, 69% of the total number of children in respect of whom maintenance was due.

Further information on the number of children benefiting from maintenance payments, and the number of cases receiving regular maintenance is routinely published in the Child Support Agency's Quarterly Summary of Statistics (QSS), the latest copy of which is available in the House of Commons library or online at:

www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/child_support/csa_quarterly_sep08.asp

I hope you find this answer helpful.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases are being dealt with manually. (226097)

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Commissioner for Child Maintenance.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases are being dealt with manually. [226097]

At the end of September 44,000 open cases were being progressed clerically which is around 3% of the total caseload. Under the Agency’s Operational Improvement Plan cases which for technical reasons can not be processed on the current computer system (CS2) were moved to our Bolton site to be administered clerically. By the end of September 2008, almost £60 million in child maintenance had been passed to parents with care whose cases are processed clerically.

Information on the number of clerical cases is routinely published in Table 20 of the Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of Statistics (QSS), the latest copy of which is available in the House of Commons library or online at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/child_support/csa_quarterly_sep08.asp

I hope you find this answer helpful.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Colchester (Bob Russell) of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 17, if he will bring forward proposals to change the basis of assessment of non-resident parents' incomes in respect of deductions allowed for company cars. (233177)