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737,600 children are covered by Child Maintenance Service arrangements

737,600 children are covered by Child Maintenance Service arrangements. The figure is included in the latest release of statistics on the Child Maintenance Service covering the period between January 2015 and March 2020.

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The number of children covered by the Direct Pay service has increased by 14,100 since the previous quarter.

Sixty-eight per cent of parents due to pay child maintenance through the 'Collect and Pay' service paid some maintenance in the quarter ending March 2020. The Collect and Pay service is largely composed of individuals that transferred from the Direct Pay service, after failing to pay their liabilities. The sustained rate of improvement observed in this metric during 2018 and early 2019 has now levelled off.

The release covers data up to the end of March 2020. During the final weeks of this period, the Child Maintenance Service was affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the resultant changes to the department's operational priorities. However, the timing of the outbreak (late in the quarter) means that the impact on the figures included in the release appears to be minimal. The Department for Work and Pensions expects that the impact will be clearly manifest in the statistics for subsequent quarters.

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