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Child Maintenance Service

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 133929, tabled on 6 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Child Maintenance Service’s Financial Investigation Unit since it was established in 2014.

Answered on

11 January 2021

The Financial Investigations Unit (FIU) is equipped with powers to conduct full and in depth investigations in to allegations made against a paying parent’s financial circumstances. They will then determine the most appropriate action to get Child Maintenance Payments flowing to the receiving parent.

Please see available statistics below of actions taken by the FIU. These can be found on Table 12 of the National Tables available on Gov.uk. Table 11.2 also refers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-maintenance-service-statistics-data-to-march-2020-experimental