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Child Support Agency has written off historical debt on 556,100 cases

Total value of write-off amounts to £1,850 million

Between 13 December 2018, when the child maintenance compliance and arrears strategy work started, and 31 March 2020:

The figures are included in the Child Support Agency's latest quarterly summary of statistics.

The amount of CSA debt held on CSA or CMS IT systems has decreased from £575 million in December 2019 to £540 million in March 2020. Debt owed to Government and debt which has no reasonable chance of being collected is written off.

The number of CSA cases held on Child Support Agency or Child Maintenance Service IT systems decreased from 140,200 in December 2019 to 97,700 in March 2020. All cases on the CSA computer system have now been closed. The reduction in caseload is due to the closure of cases as outlined in the child maintenance compliance and arrears strategy.

For the Child Support Agency's latest quarterly summary of statistics, click here. For a recent article calling for a fundamental change to the method of collecting child maintenance, click here.

24/7/20