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Number of open CSA cases decreased to 71,700 in September 2020

The number of CSA cases held on CMS IT systems decreased from 75,000 in June 2020 to 71,700 in September 2020. The caseload has been steadily declining since December 2014 and declining sharply since December 2018. The reduction in caseload is due to the closure of cases as outlined in the child maintenance compliance and arrears strategy. All cases on the CSA computer system have now been closed.

The CSA historical debt balance continues to reduce. The amount of CSA debt held on CMS IT systems has decreased from £449.1 million in June 2020 to £428.7 million in September 2020. The outstanding debt balance has been steadily declining since December 2016 and declining sharply since September 2018. Debt owed to government and debt which has no reasonable chance of being collected is written off.

Between 13 December 2018, when the compliance and arrears strategy work started, and 30 September 2020:

For the full data, click here. For a House of Commons Library briefing describing the UK Government's policy to write-off arrears arising from the 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes (which takes account of the above data), click here.