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Child Maintenance

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

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Liberal Democrat, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many child maintenance agreements have been enforced by the Child Support Agency through deduction of earnings orders in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many deduction of earnings orders administered by the Child Support Agency were made (a) at the request of the non-resident parent and (b) after legal proceedings in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

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 Questions about the Child Support Agency, 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.

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You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many deduction of earnings orders administered by the Child Support Agency were made (a) at the request of the non-resident parent and (b) after legal proceedings in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The number of active Deduction from Earnings Orders / Requests (DEO/R) and the number in which maintenance was received in the quarter are shown in the table below. A Deduction from Earnings Request (DER) is a request for maintenance where the non-resident parent is in the armed forces. Figures only include cases administered on the CS2 and CSCS computer and exclude cases administered off the main computer system.

The figures include cases where the preferred method of collection recorded on each case at the end of the quarter is DEO/R. Figures may therefore include cases where maintenance was requested and/or received by other methods during the quarter but where the method of collection was recorded as DEO/R at the end of the quarter. No management information exists on which DEO/Rs were enforced and which were set up at the request of the non resident parent.

Quarter ending March each year Maintenance requested Maintenance received
2007 143,800 110,500
2008 153,900 116,400
2009 148,400 116,400
2010 140,900 115,000
2011 140,100 113,500
Notes: 1. Figures rounded to nearest 100. 2. Figures exclude cases administered off system.

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