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Child Maintenance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Anne Begg Anne Begg Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission's Survey of Child Maintenance Options Outcomes, March 2011, if he will apply the same methodology as was used to estimate the number of children benefiting from effective family-based maintenance arrangements after contact between a parent and Options to estimate the number of children in respect of whom users of Options chose after discussion with the Options Service to go to the Child Support Agency seeking to make child maintenance arrangements.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State 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 Noel Shanahan

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, with reference to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission's Survey of Child Maintenance Options Outcomes March 2011 if he will apply the same methodology as was used to estimate the number of children benefiting from effective family-based maintenance arrangements after contact between a parent and Options to estimate the number of children in respect of whom users of Options chose after discussion with the Options Service to go to the Child Support Agency seeking to make child maintenance arrangements.

A total of 97,000 applications, covering 149,000 children, were made to the CSA following contact with Child Maintenance Options up to the end of March 2011.

These figures are taken from the Commission's Survey of Child Maintenance Options Outcomes March 2011. Full details of the survey are available on the Commission's website at:

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

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