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26% of CM Options customers last year set up family based arrangements

DWP publishes data for child maintenance arrangements

Out of the 297,000 customers that had contact with Child Maintenance Options (CM Options) between February 2015 and January 2016, 226,700 set up a child maintenance arrangement. The Department for Work and Pensions has published data in respect of the outcomes of this group from April 2015 to March 2016.

26% of CM Options customers in 2015/16 set up family based arrangements (FBAs). This is consistent from last year. Nearly half (49%) of arrangements set up were with the Child Maintenance Service. This is a slight decrease from the previous year. 23% of customers had not agreed a child maintenance arrangement after contacting CM Options.

12% of CM Options customers set up effective FBAs after contact with CM Options between April 2015 and March 2016. Effective FBAs are child maintenance arrangements between separated parents defined as either: 

132,200 CM Options customers currently have effective FBAs set up since the service was created in July 2008. The number of CM Options customers with effective FBAs after contact with CM Options is at its highest level since the service was set up. It increased by 15,600 FBAs between April 2015 and March 2016.

The DWP says that 93,400 children are benefiting from effective FBAs since CM Options began.

For the data, click here.

7/8/16