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Child Support Agency caseload falls to just over 900,000

Closure process reduces caseload by 44,000 in quarter

On 22 November 2017 the Department for Work and Pensions published statistics for the quarter up to the end of September 2017.

The total caseload continues to fall due to the Case Closure process, to 906,400. 791,400 of these had no current liability and were not making any payments; these could be cases which are in the case closure process or cases which have arrears but no on-going liability.

Cases with arrears and no current liability are not being selected to go through the Case Closure process. Furthermore, cases with arrears that do have a current liability cannot be fully closed, so cases with arrears form an increasing proportion of the caseload. Forty-five per cent of cases with arrears have at least £1,000 owed.

In the year to September 2017, the overall maintenance collected and arranged fell to £340m, of which £64m was arrears. This is compared to a September 2016 figure of £815m, of which £95m was arrears. The amount is falling due to the CSA Case Closure process and all new cases joining CMS.

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