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Children: Maintenance

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 28714, tabled on 26 February 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much child maintenance debt his Department has written off for (a) 1993 and (b) 2003 scheme cases since April 2015.

Answered on

7 March 2016

£17.3m of Child Maintenance debt was written off between 1 April 2015 and 31 January 2016 following confirmation from the Parent With Care that they did not want the arrears to be collected.

£2.7m was written off where either the Non-Resident Parent or the Parent with Care had died.

A further £0.6m was written off for a variety of reasons including: amount being less than £65 due to the Secretary of State or situations where legislation does not permit recovery.