Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th February 2016.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount of direct pay arrears has accrued on the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme; and to how many case groups those arrears relate.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

A case is classed as ‘Direct Pay’ when the maintenance calculation has been derived by the Child Maintenance Service (after assessment of the case) and the Paying Parent pays child maintenance directly to the Receiving Parent. These cases are assumed to be fully meeting their current liability since clients can come back to the CMS if there is a default on their payment or to request a revised calculation.

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