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1156130
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star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how his Department defines what a reasonable chance of collection is before deciding to write-off arrears accrued under the Child Support Agency. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 5054 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
star this property answer text <p>Where a receiving parent makes representations for the arrears to be collected, the Service will make every effort to trace the paying parent associated with the case and verify the arrears. The paying parent will also be given an opportunity to make representations as part of the process. Once the debt is moved to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) it will exhaust all available collection methods available in an attempt to secure a payment.</p><p> </p><p>Some of the collection options available to the CMS include imposing a deduction from earnings order and lump sum deduction orders. If all attempts are unsuccessful the debt may then be deemed uncollectable and write-off considered.</p><p /><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
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less than 2019-10-29T16:40:36.56Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T16:40:36.56Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter
1156131
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of receiving parent's arrears accrued under the Child Support Agency that were written off while a Deduction from Earnings Order was in place. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 5055 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
star this property answer text <p>Only cases with CSA debt that haven’t made payments for the last three months are in scope for selection as part of the Compliance &amp; Arrears Strategy. Cases with a paying Deduction from Earnings Order in Place will not be selected.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
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less than 2019-10-29T16:45:29.443Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T16:45:29.443Z
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4513
star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
star this property tabling member
4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter
1156132
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason receiving parents were not compensated for the decision to write-off arrears for money they were owed which accrued under the Child Support Agency. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 5056 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
star this property answer text <p>Writing off some historic Child Support Agency (CSA) arrears was not a quick or easy decision, and involved exhausting other approaches to deal with the debt, including using debt collection agencies without success. Much of the debt that accrued under the CSA is now old and generally uncollectable, and most parents accept this.</p><p> </p><p>It is a long-established principle of the child maintenance system that where non-resident parents do not pay the maintenance they are legally required to pay, the obligation on the government is to do its best to ensure collection – not for the taxpayer to pay the maintenance.</p><p> </p><p>We are making one last attempt to collect the debt, where it is cost effective to do so and there is a reasonable chance of collection. Debts of smaller amounts may be written off as part of the process.</p><p> </p><p>Attempting to collect would have cost around £1.5bn, and would have recovered between £0.1bn and £0.6bn. Had we not written off we would have needed to maintain the debt indefinitely at a cost of £30 million per year.</p><p> </p><p>Addressing these cases will enable us to close the CSA completely and focus on collecting money that will benefit today’s children, and avoid the build-up of arrears in the Child Maintenance Service.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 5057 more like this
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less than 2019-10-29T16:49:20.827Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T16:49:20.827Z
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4513
star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter
1156133
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recourse is available to receiving parents whose arrears accrued under the Child Support Agency have been written off. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 5057 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
star this property answer text <p>Writing off some historic Child Support Agency (CSA) arrears was not a quick or easy decision, and involved exhausting other approaches to deal with the debt, including using debt collection agencies without success. Much of the debt that accrued under the CSA is now old and generally uncollectable, and most parents accept this.</p><p> </p><p>It is a long-established principle of the child maintenance system that where non-resident parents do not pay the maintenance they are legally required to pay, the obligation on the government is to do its best to ensure collection – not for the taxpayer to pay the maintenance.</p><p> </p><p>We are making one last attempt to collect the debt, where it is cost effective to do so and there is a reasonable chance of collection. Debts of smaller amounts may be written off as part of the process.</p><p> </p><p>Attempting to collect would have cost around £1.5bn, and would have recovered between £0.1bn and £0.6bn. Had we not written off we would have needed to maintain the debt indefinitely at a cost of £30 million per year.</p><p> </p><p>Addressing these cases will enable us to close the CSA completely and focus on collecting money that will benefit today’s children, and avoid the build-up of arrears in the Child Maintenance Service.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 5056 more like this
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less than 2019-10-29T16:49:20.78Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T16:49:20.78Z
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4513
star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter
1148753
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291411 on Children: Maintenance, for what reasons her Department did not make an assessment of the effect of the introduction of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax in 2016 on equality of calculating child maintenance liabilities using gross income due to different tax liabilities in the constituent parts of the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 273 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>The Department considered the impact of the introduction of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax and how it would interact with Child Maintenance in Great Britain. Child maintenance liabilities are calculated as a percentage of a paying parent’s gross annual income. Given the rate of income tax in Scotland and the level of the liability we have determined that paying parents are not disproportionately impacted. Therefore, we have no plans to conduct an assessment of the potential merits in devolving child maintenance liabilities to Scotland.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 274 more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T14:05:14.36Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T14:05:14.36Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
star this property tabling member
4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter
1148754
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 3 October 2019 to Question 292298 on Children: Maintenance, if he will make a formal assessment of the potential merits of devolving child maintenance liabilities to Scotland to take account of the introduction of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax in 2016. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 274 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
star this property answer text <p>The Department considered the impact of the introduction of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax and how it would interact with Child Maintenance in Great Britain. Child maintenance liabilities are calculated as a percentage of a paying parent’s gross annual income. Given the rate of income tax in Scotland and the level of the liability we have determined that paying parents are not disproportionately impacted. Therefore, we have no plans to conduct an assessment of the potential merits in devolving child maintenance liabilities to Scotland.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 273 more like this
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less than 2019-10-17T14:05:14.33Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-17T14:05:14.33Z
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4513
star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter
1146998
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-30more like thismore than 2019-09-30
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 285165 on Children: Maintenance, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of devolving the calculation of child maintenance liabilities to Scotland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 292298 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-03more like thismore than 2019-10-03
star this property answer text <p>Child Maintenance remains a power that is reserved at Westminster and no formal assessment has been made of the potential merits of devolving the calculation of liabilities to Scotland. It is important that the rules used to calculate a child maintenance liability are applied consistently to avoid the complexities for clients that would result from applying different rules to different parts of the UK.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
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less than 2019-10-03T13:46:24.897Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-03T13:46:24.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter
1146479
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-26more like thismore than 2019-09-26
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 September 2019 to Question 285165 on Children: Maintenance, for what reasons she has not made an assessment of the effect on equality of calculating child maintenance liabilities using gross income due to different tax liabilities in the constituent parts of the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 291411 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-10-01more like thismore than 2019-10-01
star this property answer text <p>An assessment of the decision to use gross income to calculate child maintenance liabilities was carried out when we developed the 2012 statutory scheme.</p><p> </p><p>It is important that the rules used to calculate a child maintenance liability are applied consistently to avoid the complexities for clients that would result from applying different rules to different parts of the UK. The maintenance calculation is designed to be affordable for the non-resident parent, while still ensuring that they contribute a significant proportion of their income to support children they no longer live with.</p><p> </p><p>There is no evidence to suggest that parents are disproportionately affected by the decision to use gross income, because of where they reside in the UK.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
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less than 2019-10-01T15:55:41.79Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-01T15:55:41.79Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter
1143786
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2019 to Question 267247 on Children: Maintenance, what assessment she has made of the effect on inequality in the constituent parts of the UK of calculating child maintenance liabilities using gross income. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 285165 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
star this property answer text <p>An assessment into the effect of the child maintenance calculation on inequality in different constituencies in the UK has not been conducted. Child maintenance is calculated as a percentage of a non-resident parent’s income, according to a formula that is intended to ensure that maintenance is affordable and adapts to changes in living costs over time.</p><p /><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies remove filter
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less than 2019-09-05T11:44:11.857Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T11:44:11.857Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
star this property tabling member
4488
star this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter