Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in the proportion of children living in separated families who receive regular financial support from the non-resident parent since May 2014.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

For cases administered by the Child Support Agency, the number of Children Benefiting from maintenance has decreased from 871,800 in March 2014 to 846,300 in June 2014. This information is routinely published in the CSA Quarterly Summary of Statistics available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/child-support-agency-quarterly-summary-statistics--2

The change in trend can be attributed to the fact that since 25 November 2013 all new applications are now being processed by the Child Maintenance Service. We are not yet in a position to release full statistics for these cases and are therefore unable to provide the information requested. When system data becomes available and fully assured they will be released as part of a managed process, which will be pre-announced and in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

The figures above relate to those receiving support within the statutory child maintenance schemes. Children also benefit from financial support as part of arrangements made outside the statutory schemes, including private arrangements made between the separated parents, which are known as "family-based arrangements”. Our planned approach to measuring this will be considered as part of an evaluation strategy, which we will publish by the end of 2014.

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