Children: Maintenance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants in (a) Great Britain, (b) each region and (c) each London borough did not receive the full child support payment in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Kitty Ussher Kitty Ussher Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The administration of the child maintenance system is a matter for the Commissioner of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question, 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, how many claimants in (a) Great Britain (b) each region and (c) each London borough did not receive the full child support payment in each of the last 12 months.

It should be noted that the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 made changes to the way child maintenance is paid to parents with care in receipt of income based benefits. Prior to 27 October 2008, the Child Support Agency, on behalf of the Secretary of State, was required to retain a proportion of child maintenance received in respect of parents with care in receipt of income based benefits. From 27 October 2008, the Agency forwards all maintenance received and parents with care in receipt of benefits will need to inform Jobcentre Plus about any maintenance they have received.

The information you have requested in respect of the number of cases where the non-resident parent paid all, part or none of the child maintenance due in the previous quarter is included in the tables which have been placed in the Library.

Some non-resident parents will go to great lengths to avoid fulfilling their responsibilities to their children. The Child Support Agency has made improvements to how it is collecting and enforcing maintenance and is now consistently collecting and arranging record amounts of child maintenance, with over £1.1 billion collected or arranged in the year to the end of December 2008.

I hope you find this answer helpful.

Table A: Maintenance Outcome by Government Office Region and London Local Authority — March 2008
Number Percentage
None Full Over 1-20 Over 20-40 Over 40- 60 Over 60-80 Over 80 to under 100
Agency 276,800 402,500 15,700 20,700 23,300 37,000 48,500
Government Office Region
East Midlands 20,500 29,700 1,000 1,500 1,700 2,800 3,400
Eastern 22,900 33,900 1,100 1,800 1,800 2,900 3,500
London 27,600 31,100 1,400 1,900 2,200 3,200 4,100
North East 17,500 23,700 1,300 1,400 1,700 2,500 3,400
North West 34,500 53,400 2,200 2,700 3,300 5,800 7,500
Scotland 25,500 35,200 1,700 2,100 2,200 3,300 4,700
South East 34,000 54,500 1,700 2,300 2,400 3,900 5,200
South West 23,100 40,400 1,200 1,600 1,800 3,100 3,800
Wales 15,000 24,400 900 1,200 1,400 2,400 3,400
West Midlands 26,000 38,400 1,700 2,200 2,500 3,600 4,600
Yorkshire/Humber 29,100 37,200 1,500 2,100 2,300 3,500 4,600
London local authority
Barking and Dagenham 1,160 1,220 40 60 70 120 160
Barnet 1,000 910 50 50 50 70 120
Bexley 1,070 1,460 40 50 80 110 140
Brent 750 820 30 40 70 90 130
Bromley 920 1260 40 50 80 80 120
Camden 570 590 30 30 30 50 90
City of London 10 10
Croydon 1,770 1,910 110 130 130 200 260
Ealing 970 1,170 50 80 110 180 130
Enfield 1,320 1,260 70 80 100 180 200
Greenwich 1,210 1,220 70 90 100 200 210
Hackney 690 750 50 50 50 110 110
Hammersmith and Fulham 490 440 30 30 50 90 140
Haringey 890 790 50 70 70 70 120
Harrow 510 720 20 50 40 110 40
Havering 750 1,350 30 60 90 50 140
Hillingdon 940 1,140 50 80 70 70 150
Hounslow 840 1,200 40 50 80 110 150
Islington 850 790 30 50 60 90 110
Kensington and Chelsea 320 390 10 20 20 20 60
Kingston upon Thames 320 540 20 30 20 60 50
Lambeth 1,330 1,100 100 90 110 140 200
Lewisham 1,490 1,350 80 140 130 170 150
Merton 660 790 40 70 50 70 100
Newham 950 990 50 70 80 90 140
Redbridge 810 970 40 40 50 90 130
Richmond upon Thames 330 600 30 10 10 20 50
Southwark 1,400 1,350 80 100 110 170 180
Sutton 610 1,030 50 30 50 120 80
Tower Hamlets 700 710 40 50 70 60 90
Waltham Forest 860 1,010 40 60 60 90 210
Wandsworth 740 780 40 80 70 100 110
Westminster 390 500 30 30 40 40 70

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