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Children Maintenance

Volume 520: debated on Monday 13 December 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Child Support Agency has (a) assessed as being due and (b) collected in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

[Official Report, 8 November 2010, Vol. 518, c. 170-172W.]

Letter of correction from Maria Miller:

An error has been identified in Table 1 of the written answer given to the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr Robertson) on 8 November. The figure for the September 2006 annual assessed amount was incorrectly given as £1,146 million and should have been £1,446 million.

The full answer was given as follows: (22664)

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

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Child Support Agency has (a) assessed as being due and (b) collected in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [22664]

The attached table provides an estimate of the value of money assessed as being due and the value of money collected or arranged.

The value of money assessed as being due has been calculated by taking the average weekly assessment at September each year (excluding nil liability), and multiplying it by the caseload as at September.

Figures on average weekly assessment and caseload are available within the Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of Statistics available in the House of Commons library or online at

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

Table 1: Assessed amount due and collections

Quarter to:

Cases with maintenance liability

Average weekly assessment (£)

Annual assessed amount (£ million)

Total Child Maintenance collected or arranged (£ million)

September 2006

751,700

37

1,146

867

September 2007

825,100

35

1,502

942

September 2008

855,700

35

1,557

1,090

September 2009

834,000

34

1,475

1,131

September 2010

854,100

34

1,510

1,146

Notes:

1. Caseload figures rounded to nearest 100.

2. Arrears and collections figures rounded to nearest £1m.

3. Caseload figures include cases administered on both the CS2 and CSCS computer systems as well as cases administered off system with the exception of the September 2006 figure and represent a snapshot as of September each year.

4. Collections and arrangements are a true representation of the amount collected and arranged over the 12 months to September.

5. Weekly assessment figures include cases administered on the CS2 and CSCS computer systems only and exclude cases administered off system. Work is underway to more accurately calculate the value of assessments.

The correct answer should have been:

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

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Child Support Agency has (a) assessed as being due and (b) collected in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [22664]

The attached table provides an estimate of the value of money assessed as being due and the value of money collected or arranged.

The value of money assessed as being due has been calculated by taking the average weekly assessment at September each year (excluding nil liability), and multiplying it by the caseload as at September.

Figures on average weekly assessment and caseload are available within the Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of Statistics available in the House of Commons library or online at

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

Table 1: Assessed amount due and collections

Quarter to:

Cases with maintenance liability

Average weekly assessment (£)

Annual assessed amount (£ million)

Total child maintenance collected or arranged(£ million)

September 2006

751,700

37

1,446

867

September 2007

825,100

35

1,502

942

September 2008

855,700

35

1,557

1,090

September 2009

834,000

34

1,475

1,131

September 2010

854,100

34

1,510

1,146

Notes:

1. Caseload figures rounded to nearest 100.

2. Arrears and collections figures rounded to nearest £1 million.

3. Caseload figures include cases administered on both the CS2 and CSCS computer systems as well as cases administered off system with the exception of the September 2006 figure and represent a snapshot as of September each year.

4. Collections and arrangements are a true representation of the amount collected and arranged over the 12 months to September.

5. Weekly assessment figures include cases administered on the CS2 and CSCS computer systems only and exclude cases administered off system. Work is under way to more accurately calculate the value of assessments.