Skip to main content

Child Support

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve the performance of the child support system. (253037)

The Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission took over responsibility for the Child Maintenance System on 1 November 2008.

The latest figures show that the Commission collected and arranged a record £1.1 billion maintenance in the 12 months to December 2008, and is on track to further increase the amount of maintenance collected by the end of this year.

The reforms we have already made to the child maintenance system, including the introduction of a full child maintenance disregard in April 2010, will lift around 100,000 children out of poverty. But more is needed to tackle those parents who wilfully refuse to support their children—this is why we have also introduced proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill to give the Commission the power to remove passports and driving licence from those parents who wilfully refuse to take responsibility for their children.