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Child Maintenance Written Answer, 09/04/14 [E/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 9 April 2014 in response to Richard Fuller's (Cons) question asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the progress of the Child Support Agency in restarting committal proceedings since the end of the moratorium; and in how many cases the Child Support Agency has started committal proceedings in each of the last five years.

The Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb, replied that following the initial review of its commitment to prison processes the Child Support Agency has continued to develop and evolve its processes and procedures, particularly in relation to the non-resident parent's ability to make payment.

As a result of increased focus on gaining payment compliance prior to considering commitment proceedings, the volume of commitment applications made remains lower than during the period preceding the moratorium.

The Agency is however continuing to make both new commitment applications and applications where the parent has defaulted on the terms of a commitment sentence where this seems the enforcement measure most likely to secure payment compliance.

The Minister also provided details of the number of cases where committal proceedings were started for each of the last three complete financial years and the current year to date.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 9 April 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 9 April 2014