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1 in 4 Child Maintenance Options clients have family-based arrangements after contact with the service

DWP publishes figures for contact with service between May and July 2016

One in four Child Maintenance Options clients have family-based arrangements after contact with Child Maintenance Options during May to July 2016, according to latest figures produced by the Department for Work and Pensions.

15,900 children are benefiting from effective family-based arrangements after contact with Child Maintenance Options, May to July 2016.

'Effective Family-based arrangements' are those arrangements set up by parents themselves and can be:

a. Regular payments where at least some of the agreed amount is always/usually received on time

b. Occasional financial payments or transactions in kind (e.g. school uniform)

where the surveyed parent thinks the arrangement is working well or fairly well.

26% of Child Maintenance Options clients had family-based arrangements between May and July 2016. Nearly half (47%) of arrangements set up were with the Child Maintenance Service. 26% of clients had not agreed a child maintenance arrangement after contacting Options, including 2% who had reconciled.

Of the 19,200 family-based arrangements, 16,600 were classified as effective. This is 87% of the total. 10,200 of these effective family-based arrangements were formed or changed after contact with Options.

For the full statistics, click here.

8/2/17