Children: Maintenance:Written question - 163063

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 11 July 2018
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 parents using the CMS Collect and Pay service and (d) enforcement fees levied on paying parents in each month since and including April 2016.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 19 July 2018

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 April 2016 to March 2017, are provided in the table below:

Applications £000's

Paying Parent Charges £000's

Receiving Parent Charges £000's

Enforcement Charges £000's

Apr-16

158.7

682.1

131.4

16.6

May-16

134.0

667.0

130.0

19.9

Jun-16

151.9

790.7

152.7

21.4

Jul-16

139.3

793.3

154.1

24.1

Aug-16

132.2

753.9

145.7

18.3

Sep-16

161.7

886.6

171.6

22.0

Oct-16

163.4

884.2

170.7

20.1

Nov-16

161.1

870.8

168.5

17.3

Dec-16

105.0

1,001.6

192.9

25.2

Jan-17

175.0

1,003.7

193.0

24.4

Feb-17

151.9

995.0

191.5

26.9

Mar-17

165.4

1,165.1

223.7

31.1

Total

1,799.4

10,493.8

2,025.7

267.3

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