Session 2003-04 PN 19



'Select Committee announces first witnesses

 in its inquiry into the performance of the

Child Support Agency.'

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee today announced its first witnesses for the inquiry into the performance of the Child Support Agency (CSA), with particular reference to the Agency's compliance and enforcement regime.

Compliance and enforcement have long been problematic for the CSA. Under the old scheme, current figures show that 54% of cases are fully compliant, 25% are non-compliant and a further 21% are partially compliant. At previous evidence sessions with the Agency and the Department, the Committee has expressed strong concern about the enforcement regime, drawing particular attention to the Agency's reluctance to use enforcement powers. Improving enforcement is one of the priority areas identified in the CSAs business plan for 2004-05.

Other possible issues included in the inquiry include: the performance of the CSA in running two child support schemes simultaneously; case migration, debt reduction; and staffing issues.

This session, the details of which are set out below, is expected to take place in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House.

Wednesday 21 July 2004

at 09.45am  Jodi Berg, the Independent Case Examiner for the CSA

at 10.45am  Prof Nick Wikeley, University of Southampton

Further evidence sessions will be announced in the autumn. Evidence sessions take place in public unless otherwise decided by the Committee. For further information about the inquiry or the sessions, please call 020 7219 5833