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star this property registered interest false more like this
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
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance 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, 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 remove filter
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 5056 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 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 more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 5057 more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Martyn Day remove filter