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Child Maintenance Written Answer, 07/04/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 7 April 2014 in response to Kate Green's (Lab) question asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much child maintenance debt is regarded as (a) permanently and (b) temporarily uncollectable; and how many and what proportion of recovery actions in respect of child support arrears owed to the parent with care have been suspended in the last year for which figures are available.

The Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb, replied that as at December 2013, the amount of child maintenance debt regarded as (a) permanently uncollectible is 256 million and (b) temporarily uncollectible is 1.2 billion.

Information on the number of cases, in which recovery actions in respect of child support arrears owed to the parent with care have been suspended, is not available as it is not routinely recorded for management information purposes. To provide this information would require the creation of new information which could be completed and appropriately assured only at a disproportionate cost.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 7 April 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 7 April 2014