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DWP publishes outcomes for Child Maintenance Options clients in year to January 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has published estimates of the child maintenance outcomes of clients who called Child Maintenance Options between February 2016 and January 2017.

The DWP reported that 17% of clients made or changed effective family-based arrangements after contacting Child Maintenance Options between February 2016 to January 2017. 75,200 children are benefiting from these family-based arrangements.

29% of Child Maintenance Options clients in the last year had a family-based arrangement.

The percentage of clients with a family-based arrangement has increased by 2% points from last year (February 2015 – January 2016). Nearly half of arrangements were made with the Child Maintenance Service, similar to last year.

71,600 family-based arrangements were effective. That is 85% of the total, compared to 77% in the previous year. Only 34% of court arrangements were found to be effective.

50,400 family-based arrangements were effective and secured after contact with Options. This represents 17% of all clients. A further 21,200 are "other effective family-based arrangements", representing 7% of the total client base.

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