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Child Support Agency Secretary of State Targets: 2007/08.
Target Agency Achievement March 2008 South West Business Area Contribution March 2008'

By 31st March 2008, maintenance will be collected or arranged by the Agency on behalf of 720,000 children

749,300

138,200

By 31st March 2008, in 66 per cent of cases in which a liability to pay maintenance exists, the non-resident parent has either made a payment via the collection service or a Maintenance Direct arrangement is in place

67%

69%

By 31st March 2008, the volume of uncleared new scheme applications will be no more than 140,000

106,100

15,600

Collect or arrange £970 million in child maintenance (including both regular and arrears) between 1st April 2007 and 31st March 2008

£1,010m

£202.3m

of which at least £120 million maintenance will be arrears

£126

£24.5m

Notes:
1. Figures for the South West exclude performance of cases processed clerically.
2. Targets are set at a national level and are not apportioned regionally.

Children: Maintenance

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new scheme Child Support Agency cases were unresolved within six months in (a) North West Cambridgeshire constituency and (b) the Eastern Region in each of the last five years. [226094]

Kitty Ussher: The administration of the child maintenance system is a matter for the Commissioner of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:


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Uncleared current (new) scheme applications in the North West Cambridgeshire and Eastern Region constituencies

North West Cambridgeshire Number over six months old( 1) Eastern Region Number over six months old Eastern Region (percentage) cleared in 12 weeks( 2)

September 2004

120

6,300

25

September 2005

190

10,600

42

September 2006

170

9,100

38

September 2007

110

6,000

71

September 2008

70

3,500

(1) Information not available on the time taken to clear cases in North West Cambridgeshire.
(2) Percentage of cases received in that month which were cleared within 12 weeks. Information not yet available for cases received in September 2008.
Notes:
1. Uncleared applications have been defined as those applications that have not yet reached a clearance point. A current scheme clearance is defined as: a maintenance calculation has been carried out and a payment arrangement between the parent with care and the non-resident parent is in place; a parent with care has been identified as claiming Good Cause or is subject to a Reduced Benefit Decision; the application is identified as being a change of circumstances on an existing case; or the application has been closed.
2. Age of uncleared applications is calculated as the time from first contact with non-resident parent or parent with care until the last day of the month shown.
3. Cases have been allocated to parliamentary constituency or region through matching the postcode for a residential address for the parent with care against the Office for National Statistics postcode directory.
4. A proportion of applications can not be allocated to a parliamentary constituency or region. Such examples are where the parent with care's residential postcode is not recorded. In some of these cases, the Agency holds a residential address without a postcode; a "contact" address; or a business address. Many applications have not yet reached the stage in the process where the postcode information has been confirmed. Therefore it is not possible to associate them to a parliamentary constituency or region. Around 12 per cent. of applications can not be allocated to a region or parliamentary constituency as at June 2008.
5. Figures for Eastern region have been rounded to the nearest 100 and those for North West Cambridgeshire to the nearest 10.

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of Child Support Agency cases with a current liability received 100 per cent. of the child maintenance owed in the 12 months to June 2008; [230115]

(2) what percentage of the child maintenance liable for the year to June 2008 the £1,010 million maintenance collected represents. [230141]

Kitty Ussher [holding answers 27 October 2008]: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:


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Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of annual funding for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and the Child Support Agency required in each year until 2014 to implement the child maintenance reforms of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008. [230140]

Kitty Ussher [holding answer 27 October 2008]: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission's most recent annual funding estimates, which will include the one-off costs of implementing the child maintenance reforms, are found in the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission Business Plan 2008-09. This is available at the following email address:

It should be noted that the future costs of the implementing the child maintenance reforms will be driven by the actual choices parents make and their relative use of the different services provided by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. The funding estimates were therefore based on the best estimates, trends and evidence available at the time.

Following the full implementation of the reforms we estimate an additional 430,000 children will benefit from an extra £500 million each year in addition to administrative savings of around £200 million each year.

Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency will ensure that the hon. Member for Hyndburn's constituent, Mrs Joan Knott, receives the child maintenance which she has been assured she will receive. [231578]

Kitty Ussher: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the Commissioner to write to the Hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many liability orders have been re-issued incorrectly by the Child Support Agency in Birkenhead in the last 12 months; [233943]


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(2) what processes are in place at the Child Support Agency in Birkenhead to prevent the incorrect issuing of liability orders. [233944]

Kitty Ussher [holding answer 10 November 2008]: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have therefore asked the Commissioner to write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases being handled by the Child Support Agency are logged under the (a) CSCS and (b) CS2 computer systems. [234278]

Kitty Ussher [holding answer 10 November 2008]: The administration of the child maintenance system is a matter for the Commissioner of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. He will write to my right hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

Council Tax Benefits

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) individuals and (b) pensioners are eligible for but do not claim council tax benefit. [238816]

Kitty Ussher: Latest estimates of the numbers entitled to but not receiving income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker’s allowance (Income-based) in Great Britain were published in the "Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006-07" report. A copy of this and past reports are available in the Library.

Departmental Consultants

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many external consultants work for his Department. [237578]

Jonathan Shaw: The following table provides a list of the external consultancy organisations currently working for the Department. Details of the number of all external consultants currently working for the Department could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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