Child Support Agency

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister (International Development), International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many departures from child support maintenance have been requested by non-resident parents in each year since 1997; and how many of these were granted.

Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. John Barrett, dated 11 February 2004

In reply to your recent Parliamentary question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.

You asked how many departures from child support maintenance have been requested by non-resident parents in each year since 1997; and how many of these were granted.

The Agency does not distinguish between requests for departures from child support maintenance from non-resident parents and parents with care and we do not hold any figures relating to departures prior to April 1998. The figures that we do hold are shown in the table below:

Year ending Total applications received Total applications granted
1999 16,868 3,162
2000 14,147 4,393
2001 22,912 7,049
2002 21,128 8,196
2003 20,700 7,508

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