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Children: Maintenance

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 27368, tabled on 19 February 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of non-resident parents within the live caseload of the (a) Child Support Agency and (b) Child Maintenance Service are self-employed.

Answered on

29 February 2016

For cases administered by the Child Support Agency, as at December 2015, the number of cases within the live caseload where the non-resident parent is self employed was 97,700. This was 7.7% of the live caseload.

For the CMS 2012 Scheme, information on employment could currently only be provided at disproportionate cost. The Child Maintenance Service is in the process of assuring employment data and this will be available at a future date.


  1. Figured rounded to nearest 100.
  2. Figures include 1993 and 2003 Schemes.
  3. As at December 2015, the live caseload stood at 1,268,900.
  4. Employment status is not available for cases managed off system.