Children: Maintenance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases were processed by the Child Support Agency in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member 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 many cases were dealt with by the Child Support Agency in each of the last 10 years.

The number of live and assessed cases being handled in each of the last 10 years is provided in the table below. This includes old scheme cases with a full or interim maintenance assessment as well as current scheme cases with a full maintenance calculation or default maintenance decision. Figures include cases processed off the system from 2008. Information on these cases prior to this date is not included as this information can not be broken down into those live or assessed.

Table 1: Caseload by scheme: live and a ssessed c ases
Period as at: Old s cheme Current s cheme Overall a gency
November 2000 1,044,500 - 1,044,500
November 2001 1,054,800 - 1,054,800
November 2002 1,079,500 - 1,079,500
December 2003 935,400 65,200 1,000,700
December 2004 868,300 169,600 1,037,900
December 2005 816,400 293,700 1,110,100
December 2006 747,600 418,700 1,166,300
December 2007 669,700 556,700 1,226,400
December 2008 607,300 656,200 1,263,500
December 2009 521,900 691,200 1,213,100
Notes:

1. Figures from December 2008 accurately reflect the performance of cases processed off the system. Prior to 2008, the clerical caseload cannot be broken down to show the number of live and assessed cases.

2. Figures include old Scheme cases with a full or interim maintenance assessment as well as current Scheme cases with a full maintenance calculation or default maintenance decision.

3. From 2003, changes were made to the quarterly periods in which figures were recorded.

4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.

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