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Child Support

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th February 2005.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the average weekly assessments for child support maintenance are different to the average weekly payments made under (a) the old scheme and (b) the new scheme.

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 Mike Isaac to Mr. Steve Webb, dated 25 February 2005

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. As he is currently on leave I am replying on his behalf.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the average weekly assessments for child support maintenance are different to the average weekly payments made under (a) the old scheme and (b) the new scheme.

The Department is undertaking further analysis to permit us to understand the discrepancy better

The average weekly amount assessed is derived from the total value of all assessments. It is calculated by dividing that sum by the number of cases with a non-zero assessment. This includes those cases, for which maintenance is being received on behalf of the Secretary of State, and others which are low in value, plus those that are currently inactive. This definition applies to both new and old scheme figures.

The average weekly payment is derived from the total value of payments received in the period. It is calculated by dividing that sum by the number of cases that have made a payment in the period.

Clearly the information is not directly comparable because of discrepancies in the way it is collected and collated for the two different schemes.

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