Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Pamela Nash Pamela Nash Labour, Airdrie and Shotts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many live Child Support Agency cases with maintenance arrears there is an arrears charging schedule in place; and in how many such cases arrears repayments are being made in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland.

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

The table below shows the number of Child Support Agency cases with an arrears liability and the number of those cases paying towards arrears in the quarter ending September 2014:

Number of Cases with an Arrears Liability

Paying Towards Arrears










Northern Ireland4






Great Britain




1. In January 2012 new methodology was introduced to provide a more accurate view of the number of cases contributing towards arrears. Previously, arrears collected figures included arrears of maintenance that have been linked to an arrears collection schedule. In the new methodology, payments above the current liability are counted as receipts towards arrears.

2. The latest Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary of Statistics contains data up to September 2014. Table 10: Cases Contributing Towards Arrears, shows the number of cases with an arrears liability and also the number of cases paying towards arrears.

3. Figures rounded to the nearest 100 and may not sum due to rounding.

4. Northern Ireland cases include cases managed by the CSA in Great Britain where the Parent with Care lives in Northern Ireland. This does not include cases managed by the Northern Ireland Child Maintenance Enforcement Division (CMED).

5. Cases included in the ‘Other’ category are cases where either the Parent with Care has moved abroad, or where the area of the Parent with Care is Unknown.

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