Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of non-resident parents with cases in the Child Maintenance Service's caseload have a statutory calculation which includes earnings from self-employment.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

For cases administered by the Child Maintenance Service, as at November 2016, 8% of the total caseload with a statutory calculation was identified as self-employed.

Please note it is not possible to validate employment records for around 20% of the relevant caseload. If we were to exclude those cases without employment records, the self-employed would constitute 10% of the caseload.

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