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Number of old CSA cases dealt with by Child Maintenance Service below 50,000

The number of Child Support Agency cases held on Child Maintenance Service IT systems decreased from 51,600 in December 2020 to 44,900 in March 2021. 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 £348.8 million in December 2020 to £310 million in March 2021. 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 31 March 2021:

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