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Outstanding child maintenance arrears amount to £3.8 billion

Child Support Agency publish results for last quarter

The Child Support Agency has published statistics for the last quarter of 2012. At the end of December 2012, the CSA live and assessed caseload stood at 1.12 million. In that quarter, 79.5% of all cases in which maintenance was due had either received maintenance via the CSA collection service, or had a maintenance direct arrangement in place.

In the quarter to December 2012, maintenance had been collected or arranged by the CSA via the statutory maintenance service on behalf of 902,500 children. For that period the CSA collected or arranged £307.4m in child maintenance (regular and arrears), of which £28.1m was arrears. In the year to December 2012, the CSA collected or arranged £1,214.9m in child maintenance (regular and arrears), of which £112.4m was arrears.

Outstanding child maintenance arrears have increased from £3.814bn in September 2012 to £3.837bn in December 2012.

88.6% of intake received in September 2012 was cleared within 12 weeks. 94.9% of intake received in July 2012 was cleared within 18 weeks.

Uncleared work has decreased by 3,100 to 13,900. This represents a decrease of 18.2% since September 2012. In December 2012, 89.6% of the telephone calls received were answered within 60 seconds.

Minister for Child Maintenance Steve Webb said:

"These figures show we now live in a society where parental financial responsibility after separation is just considered the norm by people.

"A third of children now live in separated families and we know that the overwhelming majority of parents want to do what's right by their kids - even if they're no longer with the other parent.

"Wherever possible we want parents to work together for the sake of their children - not against one another. Supporting your children after a break up is just what most parents do these days.

"Recent You Gov research shows 9 in 10 people believe children are better off when both parents work together to agree child support between themselves after they break up. And the evidence backs that up."

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