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Child Support Agency sees live caseload gradually decreasing

Percentage of parents contributing to current maintenance continues to rise

The Child Support Agency has seen a steady rise in the rate at which the 1993/2003 Scheme live caseload is decreasing. According to the quarterly summary released by the Agency, in the quarter to June 2014 the live caseload decreased by 1%. Those due to pay via the Collection Service have seen a slightly larger reduction than those due to pay via Maintenance Direct.

From 25 November 2013, all new applications for child maintenance are made under the 2012 scheme. Consequently, the 1993 and 2003 scheme caseloads will steadily reduce as no new intake is received and cases close.

Despite the ongoing decrease in cases with a current liability, collections and children benefiting due to the reduction in caseload, the percentage of cases contributing towards their current liability has improved gradually over recent years and currently stands at 86.2%. The percentage of cases paying a full liability (defined as 90% or more) is 64.5%.

The amount of maintenance collected in the 12 months to June 2014 was £1,255.9m.

The figures are here.