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Children: Maintenance

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which months since 1993 the number of cases on which decisions on maintenance have been made by the Child Support Agency and its successor have been exceeded by the number of case applications received; and what the figures in each category were in each such month. (278259)

[holding answer 8 June 2009): The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the Child Maintenance 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 Child Maintenance Commissioner as the Child Support Agency is now the responsibility of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in which months since 1993 the number of cases on which decisions on maintenance have been made by the Child Support Agency and its successor have been exceeded by the number of case applications received; and what the figures in each category were in each such month. [278259]

The information you have requested is only available for the current statutory scheme from April 2003, and it is set out in the following table.

Applications received exceeded clearances each month until March 2005 onwards when clearances exceeded applications received except in September 2005, October 2005, January 2006, February 2006, March 2006, and January 2008.

The Agency has exceeded the expectations of the three year Operational Improvement Plan with just 49,200 uncleared current scheme applications at the end of March 2009 down from 225,600 in March 2005. This is the lowest number of current scheme applications outstanding since May 2003, two months after the scheme was launched.

Table 2.1 of the March 2009 Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of Statistics (QSS) gives information on the number of current scheme cases received and cleared by the Agency. The QSS is available in the House of Commons library or online at:

http://www.childmaintenance.org/publications/statistics.html

I hope you find this answer helpful.

Month

Applications received

Applications cleared

March 2003

11,100

1,400

April 2003

16,600

2,800

May 2003

20,900

3,600

June 2003

23,100

7,900

July 2003

26,800

10,500

August2003

21,700

10,800

September 2003

25,000

16,100

October 2003

31,100

18,300

November 2003

26,300

16,300

December 2003

18,500

14,100

January 2004

25,800

16,200

February 2004

23,800

16,200

March 2004

30,100

18,800

April 2004

28,400

26,000

May 2004

30,000

18,300

June 2004

26,900

17,700

July 2004

23,900

16,700

August 2004

26,400

16,000

September 2004

25,400

18,000

October 2004

24,900

18,000

November 2004

25,000

19,200

December 2004

18,900

13,800

January 2005

23,200

20,400

February 2005

25,000

22,700

March 2005

25,300

26,800

April 2005

24,500

25,200

May 2005

25,100

27,400

June 2005

24,800

26,100

July 2005

25,400

26,600

August 2005

23,100

25,500

September 2005

24,900

24,500

October 2005

27,500

25,200

November 2005

29,900

32,800

December 2005

23,400

27,100

January 2006

30,000

28,800

February 2006

34,500

29,900

March 2006

34,700

34,000

April 2006

24,700

29,400

May 2006

24,600

26,600

June 2006

25,600

28,800

July 2006

23,400

30,900

August 2006

24,600

26,500

September 2006

23,100

25,900

October 2006

20,000

29,300

November 2006

22,200

23,700

December 2006

16,400

20,000

January 2007

24,600

27,200

February 2007

33,600

48,100

March 2007

27,400

40,200

April 2007

22,300

28,600

May 2007

24,900

31,500

June 2007

26,100

31,000

July 2007

24,700

30,700

August 2007

26,800

29,200

September 2007

25,200

26,900

October 2007

27,300

29,000

November 2007

27,000

29,800

December 2007

18,100

20,400

January 2008

28,200

27,900

February 2008

27,000

30,600

March 2008

21,700

27,000

April 2008

24,500

28,000

May 2008

22,600

26,400

June 2008

24,100

30,300

July 2008

26,200

31,900

August 2008

16,500

20,900

September 2008

11,900

15,600

October 2008

7,800

19,800

November 2008

7,300

11,600

December 2008

5,300

9,700

January 2009

8,100

9,200

February 2009

7,900

9,000

March 2009

7,700

10,300

Notes:

1. Only includes current scheme cases. Data only available from March 2003.

2. Cleared applications are those that have had a maintenance calculation carried out and a payment arrangement between the parent with care and non-resident parent put in place; a maintenance calculation carried out and nil liability established; a parent with care has been identified as claiming good cause or is subject to a reduced benefit decision; the application is identified as being a change of circumstance on an existing case; or the application has been closed.

3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.