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Number of children benefiting from Child Support 1993 and 2003 schemes falls under half a million

Number of cases paying less than their liability decreases by 28% in last quarter

The Department for Work and Pensions has published statistics from the Child Support Agency on the 1993 and 2003 statutory child maintenance schemes for the quarter to June 2016.

In the quarter to June 2016 the Child Support Agency's live caseload stood at 1,145,000. This is a decrease of 75,500 when compared to March 2016. The Collection Service caseload saw a greater reduction than the Maintenance Direct caseload. Case Closure continues to have a big effect on the figures as more cases are closed and all new applications are now being processed on the 2012 scheme.

The latest statistical release contains the most up-to-date tables and breakdowns on the 1993 and 2003 schemes operated through the Child Support Agency (CSA) only. The publication does not cover statistics on the 2012 Scheme operated by the Child Maintenance Service which are published separately.

The number of children benefiting has decreased from 517,400 in March 2016 to 429,800. This is a 17% decrease in the quarter. The number of children benefiting has been on a downward trend since June 2013, and is now at its lowest since March 2012. The change in trend can be attributed to the fact that all new applications are now being processed on the 2012 scheme. The CSA case closure process has added to the continued reduction.

The proportion of male to female non-resident parents in June 2016 is in line with previous quarters, with a male non-resident parent in 9 out of 10 live cases.

Prior to December 2013, the overall live caseload had been on an upward trend since March 2012, with both the Collection Service and Maintenance Direct caseloads following the same pattern. The decrease in the live caseload following this date has been expected due to the fact that new cases are no longer being processed on the 2003 Scheme, after the introduction of the 2012 Scheme, and as cases close as part of the CSA case closure process.

The number of cases paying less than their liability has decreased by 28.5% in the quarter to June 2016.

For the statistical release, please click here.

2/9/16