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Children: Maintenance

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of child maintenance arrears owed by non-resident parents to children in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency was in each year since 1997. [200088]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Susan Park , dated 15 May 2008:


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Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of parents with care claiming income support received child maintenance in each month since 2003. [200810]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Susan Park, dated 15 May 2008:

Date Child maintenance cases (%)

February 2003

60

May 2003

62

August 2003

58

November 2003

55

February 2004

54

May 2004

53

August 2004

53

November 2004

51

February 2005

51

May 2005

53

August 2005

53

November 2005

54

February 2006

54

May 2006

57

August 2006

58

November 2006

58

February 2007

57

May 2007

58

Notes to table:
1. Table shows proportion of cases from which a payment was received including Maintenance Direct, as a proportion of the total number of cases with a positive maintenance liability, where the parent with care is claiming income support.
2. A parent with care is deemed to be in receipt of income support if they or their partner is claiming income support.
3. Benefits data is only available on a quarterly basis.
4. Latest available benefits data is at May 2007.
5. Figures rounded to nearest whole per cent.

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what safeguards for children will be in place if the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission uses bailiffs to seize non-payers' property. [205923]


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Mr. Plaskitt: The Commission will be required, as the Child Support Agency is now, to have regard to the welfare of any child likely to affected by any discretionary decision such as the decision to enforce the collection of maintenance arrears through the use of bailiffs. All bailiff firms, including those contracted to the Agency, must comply with the National Standards for Enforcement Agents, a set of common standards produced by the Government as a code of practice.

Departmental Pay

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of (a) salaries for permanent civil service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-civil service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department in each month since May 2005. [199966]

Mrs. McGuire: The information requested is as follows:

(a) Permanent civil service posts

The total payments made to civil service permanent personnel in each year since May 2005 is as follows:

These figures have been estimated for 2007-08 as the actuals are not yet available.

The monthly breakdown year is as follows:

Permanent civil servant posts
Month 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

April

183,650,663

181,439,533

May

178,704,279

180,166,267

June

184,184,323

181,831,394

180,073,281

July

229,628,089

231,126,553

219,259,385

August

190,244,934

183,848,704

187,483,048

September

188,554,349

186,551,446

184,955,302

October

186,835,067

188,370,270

185,059,758

November

188,899,193

188,042,007

181,294,277

December

186,083,845

188,042,007

177,426,758

January

184,543,406

185,373,839

181,190,191

February

184,543,406

185,576,914

183,882,559

March

208,369,227

184,509,680

178,780,928

Total

1,931,885,839

2,265,627,756

2,221,011,287


(b) Permanent non-civil service posts

The Department employs 17 non-executive directors to provide an oversight to a number of business units including the Departmental Board. The total salaries paid for 2007-08 were £334,606.16.

(c) Payments to temporary or agency workers

The total payments made to agencies to provide interim personnel in each year since May 2005 is as follows:

The Department employs temporary staff “casuals” for short periods; they are recruited direct not by an agency.


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These figures have been estimated for 2007-08 as the actuals are not yet available.

The monthly breakdown for temporary workers—non-agency staff—is as follows:

Month 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

April

1,498,908

951,052

May

1,296,724

876,862

June

1,623,087

1,572,925

927,159

July

2,195,072

2,480,285

1,402,637

August

2,620,664

3,137,604

1,798,865

September

2,589,109

2,614,197

1,537,918

October

2,734,967

2,093,475

1,399,916

November

2,968,417

1,974,241

1,591,649

December

3,171,526

2,099,779

1,609,386

January

3,320,723

2,201,425

1,597,096

February

3,201,721

3,217,885

1,895,901

March

2,833,316

2,673,278

1,634,024

Total

27,258,602

26,860,726

17,222,465


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