Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th February 2015.

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Photo of Jacob Rees-Mogg Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservative, North East Somerset

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what conditions the Child Support Agency is obliged to consider an applicant's lifestyle rather than evidence of earned income and unearned income from relevant assets.

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

The Child Support Agency may consider a variation to the maintenance calculation on the ground of “lifestyle inconsistent with declared income” where evidence is provided that indicates a parent has a lifestyle which is inconsistent with the amount of income that has been used in the standard calculation.

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