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star this property date less than 2017-10-06more like thismore than 2017-10-06
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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, why the Child Maintenance Service allows non-resident parents £2,500 of unearned income that is not factored into payment plans; and whether he plans to review this policy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
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Marion Fellows more like this
star this property uin 106137 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-12more like thismore than 2017-10-12
star this property answer text <p>Calculation of a child maintenance liability is based on gross income information provided directly to the Child Maintenance Service by HMRC. <del class="ministerial">Individuals are required to declare unearned income not taxed at source which does not exceed £2500 a year to HMRC, which already enables HMRC to include it in the income information they provide.</del> Unearned income exceeding £2500 a year is dealt with by HMRC through tax self-assessment <del class="ministerial">and is picked up in a child maintenance calculation through an unearned income variation. We have no plans to review this.</del><ins class="ministerial">The treatment of unearned income for child maintenance purposes is aligned with this for administrative efficiency. We are inviting views on the future treatment of &quot;income&quot; within the recently published Compliance and Arrears Strategy consultation.</ins></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2017-10-12T13:56:00.367Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-12T13:56:00.367Z
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less than 2018-02-01T17:10:55.89Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-01T17:10:55.89Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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14051
star this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
star this property answering member 4008
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unstar this property label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-01-10more like thismore than 2018-01-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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 the average length of time is for her Department to close a case when a Child Maintenance Service order expires; and what targets are in place for such cases to be closed. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wansbeck more like this
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Ian Lavery more like this
star this property uin 121877 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-18more like thismore than 2018-01-18
star this property answer text <p>We have interpreted the expiring of a Child Maintenance Service order to mean the ending of Child Maintenance liability on a Child Support Agency (CSA) case as part of our case closure process.</p><p> </p><p>The process to end the liabilities (stop accruing maintenance) in all Child Support Agency cases began in 2014. The Case closure process involves sending the customer 3 letters over the case closure journey to instigate, remind and confirm liability is ending, enabling the customer to make alternate arrangements over the period. .</p><p> </p><p>At end of liability, clients are told that their Child Support Agency child maintenance arrangement has ended. The Non Resident Parent will be told when to make a final maintenance payment and to keep paying any arrears. The Child Support Agency (CSA) will continue to collect and pay arrears payments that are made prior to the case fully closing - but regular maintenance collections and payments will stop after a 6 month fixed period.</p><p> </p><p>When liability has ended the case enters “arrears cleanse”. The purpose of this period (which may take up to a further 6 months) is to examine the debt balances on the case to address any anomalies and so calculate a “stable” arrears figure. This involves reviewing any suspended and deferred debt. It includes the write off of debt in circumstances covered by existing debt write off powers.</p><p> </p><p>A case can only close once all arrears have been cleared or collected. For those cases where the child maintenance liability ended on or after 1<sup>st</sup> April 2014 as part of this process the average length of time for the Department to close a case was 27 weeks, this is based on data up 31<sup>st</sup> September 2017. The department aims to end liability on all Child Support Agency cases by 31 December 2018.</p><p> </p><p>In terms of targets, the department have a clear timeline for ending liability for individual cases 6 months after selection but there time taken to actually close the case will be dependant on the arrears position and the amount of work outstanding.. Whilst there are no specific targets for the process of closing cases once liability has ended, for most cases this should be around 6 months, and the exact time will depend on case circumstances. This relates to Child Support Agency cases only, and only those cases that are subject to the case closure programme. We have no specific closure data for Child Maintenance Service (CMS) cases, and they are not part of the case closure programme.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-01-18T14:00:10.533Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-18T14:00:10.533Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ian Lavery more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-01-16more like thismore than 2018-01-16
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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 her Department has made of the number of paying parents involved in pay arrangements though the child maintence service who are listed as self-employed or as company directors. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
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Ged Killen more like this
star this property uin 123037 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-22more like thismore than 2018-01-22
star this property answer text <p>The department does not hold data on the number of paying parents who are acting as company directors.</p><p> </p><p>The Child Maintenance Service is currently in the process of assuring employment data and therefore this will be available at a future date when it would be released in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-01-22T15:28:39.013Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-22T15:28:39.013Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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4672
unstar this property label Biography information for Ged Killen more like this
824410
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-01-17more like thismore than 2018-01-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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 steps her Department is taking to tackle miscalculations of child maintenance liabilities by paying parents who are (a) self-employed or (b)company directors. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
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Ged Killen more like this
star this property uin 123211 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-22more like thismore than 2018-01-22
star this property answer text <p>The Child Maintenance Service’s definition of income includes almost all sources of gross income reported to HMRC by company directors or self-employed parents. The specially trained Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) are able to look into cases where there is concern about a parent’s income. The FIU has been expanded since it was set up in 2014; and between July and September 2017 it opened 1100 complex earner investigations. We recently launched a consultation on our new Child Maintenance Compliance and Arrears strategy which proposes further improvements to the treatment of the income of complex earners, such as high value assets owned by a parent being used to create a notional income.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-01-22T15:29:35.687Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-22T15:29:35.687Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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4672
unstar this property label Biography information for Ged Killen more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-01-17more like thismore than 2018-01-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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 reasons arrears payable for child maintenance that require the Child Maintenance Service to arrange payments via the employer only attract a one off fee rather than an additional percentage charge of the arrear. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling more like this
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 123326 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-22more like thismore than 2018-01-22
star this property answer text <p>When the Child Maintenance Service arranges for maintenance payments to be taken directly from the parent’s earnings via the employer, this is done through a Deductions from Earnings Order. The Paying Parent is charged a one off £50 enforcement fee for the Deduction from Earnings Order, as well as on-going collection charges of 20% of the maintenance liability (including any arrears) for using the Collect and Pay service. Charges are designed to encourage compliance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-01-22T15:29:56.743Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-22T15:29:56.743Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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4604
unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kerr more like this
824411
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-01-17more like thismore than 2018-01-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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, if the Government will issue new guidance to Financial Investigation Units in the Child Maintenance Service for dealing with miscalculations of child maintenance liabilities by paying parents who are self-employed or company directors. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
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Ged Killen more like this
star this property uin 123212 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-23more like thismore than 2018-01-23
star this property answer text <p>Current guidance for all Child Maintenance Service caseworkers is to refer cases to the Financial Investigations Unit (FIU) should there be any credible, evidence based challenges to a child maintenance assessment which are unable to be resolved through our routine income verification processes.</p><p> </p><p>The guidance used by FIU Investigators is updated as required in regards to all areas for investigation including possible miscalculations of maintenance for clients who are deemed complex earners.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-01-23T13:26:04.357Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-23T13:26:04.357Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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4672
unstar this property label Biography information for Ged Killen more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-01-23more like thismore than 2018-01-23
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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 many additional child maintenance payments were made after investigations by HMRC in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Swindon more like this
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Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property uin 124363 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-29more like thismore than 2018-01-29
star this property answer text <p>The information is not routinely recorded and could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-01-29T17:16:15.183Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-29T17:16:15.183Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-01-31more like thismore than 2018-01-31
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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, if she will remove the Child Maintenance Service fees for the parent with care in cases where a pay and collect arrangement is required due to non-payment by the non-resident parent. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 125950 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-05more like thismore than 2018-02-05
star this property answer text <p>We undertook a 30 Month Review of charging, published August 2017, which did not indicate that charges are having an excessive impact on parents’ decisions when using the Service. We have no plans to change our charging structure, but will continue to monitor the impacts of the child maintenance reforms.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-02-05T17:00:26.173Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-05T17:00:26.173Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-01more like thismore than 2018-02-01
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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 money has been accrued to the public purse the Government from (a) Child Maintenance collection charges and (b) Child Maintenance collection charges from victims of domestic abuse since the introduction of those charges. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lanark and Hamilton East more like this
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Angela Crawley more like this
star this property uin 126106 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-07more like thismore than 2018-02-07
star this property answer text <p>In the three full financial years (2014/15-2016/17) since the introduction of charging, £25.9M has been received by the Child Maintenance Service. £17.7M from paying parents and £3.4M from receiving parents. The remaining £4.8M is made up from application fees and enforcement charges. Information is not available on charges where domestic abuse has been declared.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-02-07T15:06:39.163Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-07T15:06:39.163Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Angela Crawley more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-05more like thismore than 2018-02-05
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance remove filter
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, what steps she is taking to ensure the provision of adequate training on the variations system for Child Maintenance Options staff to advise members of the public. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dunfermline and West Fife more like this
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Douglas Chapman more like this
star this property uin 126646 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-08more like thismore than 2018-02-08
star this property answer text <p>Child Maintenance Options provide impartial information to support parents in making the most appropriate maintenance arrangement for their circumstances.</p><p>Child Maintenance Options agents complete a comprehensive training programme and have supporting guidance available to ensure they provide complete and unbiased information to customers, including information about how a child maintenance calculation is worked out and what information is taken into account.</p><p>Child Maintenance Service caseworkers who take applications to the statutory scheme are trained on the detail of the variations system so, in cases where a declaration is made, the variation can be applied appropriately.</p><p>As part of the Compliance and Arrears Strategy the department is reviewing its approach to variations. Appropriate additional training and guidance will be considered as a result.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire remove filter
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-02-08T14:19:50.887Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-08T14:19:50.887Z
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4495
star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Douglas Chapman more like this