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30,700 child maintenance arrangements set up after contacting Options in last reported quarter

Between February and April 2019, Child Maintenance Options helped parents set up 30,700 child maintenance arrangements. Of these 5,700 were family-based arrangements.

The Department for Work and Pensions has released preliminary estimates of the Child Maintenance outcomes of parents following contact with Child Maintenance (CM) Options, based on a survey in August 2019.

Out of the 41,200 parents that had contact with Child Maintenance Options between February and April 2019, the Department for Work and Pensions estimate that 83 per cent had a child maintenance arrangement, when contacted in August 2019. This represented 34,400 Child Maintenance Service (including Direct Pay and Collect and Pay), court and family-based arrangements.

The trend of more parents opting for a Child Maintenance Service arrangement continued in this quarter ending April 2019 as 64 per cent of parents who contacted Options in the quarter reported having a Child Maintenance Service arrangement. This has increased by ten percentage points from 54 per cent in the quarter ending April 2018.

The percentage of parents having no arrangement after contacting Options is the same as the previous quarter, 16 per cent. This has decreased by six percentage points from 22 per cent of parents who contacted Options in the quarter ending April 2018.

The percentage of parents with a family-based arrangement after speaking to Options continues to be on a downward trend as 19 per cent of parents who contacted Options in the quarter ending April 2019 reported having a family-based arrangement. This has decreased by five percentage points from 24 per cent of parents who contacted Options in the quarter ending April 2018.

Eighty-two per cent of parents with a family-based arrangement said it worked fairly or very well. Of the parents whose family-based arrangements involved regular financial payments, 90 per cent said their payments were on time and 97 per cent said they received 'some' or 'all' of their payment. 88 per cent of parents whose family-based arrangements involved regular financial payments said they paid or received some or all of their child maintenance and it was usually or always on time.

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6/2/20