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Child Maintenance Written Answer, 13/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 13 March 2014 in response to Kate Green's (Lab) question asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the policy set out in his Department's 2012-2017 Child Maintenance Arrears and Compliance Strategy to act within 72 hours of a missed child maintenance payment applies to Child Support Agency cases with a current liability.

The Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb, replied that yes, in general, the policy set out in the 2012-17 Child Maintenance Arrears and Compliance Strategy does apply to Child Support Agency cases with a current liability. However, there are instances where the circumstances of the case mean this approach is not appropriate. For example, a payment via a Deduction from Earnings Order is actually not legally due until after the set payment date, even though there may be an agreement or established practice for it to be paid earlier. Consequently there are some missed payments which the agency does not act on within the 72 hour window, even if notified.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 13 March 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 13 March 2014