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DWP publishes figures for Child Support Agency arrears transitioning to the CMS system

Statistics show a “significant ramp up in Transition Arrears since the middle of 2016”

Official statistics have been published for Child Support Agency arrears transitioned to the Child Maintenance Service system between November 2014 and June 2017.

They set out the number of non-resident parents with Child Support Agency arrears transitioned to the 2012 IT system, and the associated value.

The DWP launched the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme delivered by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) in December 2012. Since June 2014, cases on the 1993 and 2003 Child Support Agency (CSA) schemes have been gradually closed and, where appropriate, outstanding arrears have moved to the CMS 2012 IT systems.

These statistics includes the amount of CSA arrears moved to the CMS system between November 2014 and June 2017 and in addition the number of casegroups this relates to.

The release indicates that by June 2017, 179,000 casegroups had arrears transitioned to the CMS 2012 System, with an Initial Transitioned Arrears value of £561m. The outstanding Arrears Balance, defined as the Initial Transitioned Arrears less payment and adjustments made on CMS and any write-off that happened post-transition was £527m. The majority of the arrears, (80%) are owed to the Parent with Care and 20% are owed to the Secretary of State. (The full data is set out in accompanying tables).

The value of Initial Transitioned Arrears and the volume of casegroups with arrears have doubled in the past year reflecting a significant ramp up in Transition Arrears since the middle of 2016.

Click here for the DWP release.