Children: Maintenance:Written question - 51323

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Asked on: 01 November 2016
Department for Work and Pensions
Children: Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total monthly receipts to the public purse were from (a) the fee charged for applications to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), (b) the collection fee for paying parents using the CMS collect and pay service, (c) the collection fee for receiving payments using the CMS collect and pay service and (d) enforcement fees levied on paying parents in each month since June 2014.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 04 November 2016

The introduction of fees and on-going collection charges are designed to act as an incentive for parents to pause and consider the different options available to them for a child maintenance arrangement, rather than applying to the statutory Child Maintenance Service ‘by default’. Charges make a small contribution to a service that is heavily subsidised by the taxpayer.

Receipts in relation to the Child Maintenance Service 2012 scheme, from June 2014 to March 2016, are provided in the table below:

Month

a) Application Fees Received
£000's

b) Fees Received from Paying Parents
£000's

c) Fees Received from Receiving Parents
£000's

d) Enforcement Fees
£000's

Jun-14

1.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Jul-14

78.4

0.0

0.0

0.1

Aug-14

84.4

12.6

2.5

0.2

Sep-14

95.7

138.8

27.5

0.4

Oct-14

111.0

218.7

43.3

0.5

Nov-14

89.7

218.4

43.2

1.4

Dec-14

47.5

244.2

48.1

1.7

Jan-15

109.4

254.8

50.4

2.7

Feb-15

100.9

260.7

51.2

3.1

Mar-15

109.6

300.9

59.3

3.6

Apr-15

104.5

311.8

61.6

6.7

May-15

113.6

329.6

64.8

4.5

Jun-15

125.9

378.7

74.0

5.9

Jul-15

136.4

393.7

76.8

8.0

Aug-15

145.3

391.3

76.7

8.9

Sep-15

156.8

460.5

89.9

10.8

Oct-15

160.6

479.2

93.6

10.6

Nov-15

128.2

467.3

90.6

13.1

Dec-15

108.1

582.1

112.6

14.1

Jan-16

193.1

552.3

107.3

14.0

Feb-16

162.3

575.5

111.6

16.2

Mar-16

157.8

651.2

126.9

17.3

Total

2,520.2

7,222.3

1,411.8

143.9

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