Children: Maintenance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) non-resident parents and (b) parents with care registered with the Child Maintenance Service claim (i) income-based jobseeker's allowance, (ii) income-based employment and support allowance and (iii) universal credit; and in how many instances the non-resident parent but not the parent with care claims any of those benefits.

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

For the Child Maintenance Service, the requested information for non-resident-parents (NRP) and parents with care (PWC) on benefit as at November 2016 are as follows:

Volume Claiming

NRP

PWC

i

Income-based jobseeker's allowance

11,600

9,500

ii

Income-based employment and support allowance

33,000

29,700

iii

Universal Credit

7,200

4,000

For the same period, the volume of NRP but not PWC claiming any of the benefits was 42,600.

More details on the caseload for November 2016 can be found on page 5 of the Child Maintenance Scheme quarterly summary of statistics which can be accessed online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/585260/2012-statutory-child-maintenance-scheme-aug-2013-nov-2017-experimental.pdf.

Note that the figures are case based, non-resident-parent and parents with care might have more than one case so an individual may be included in the figures more than once.

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