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Child Support Agency: quarterly summary statistics

Tables and breakdowns on the Child Support Agency's 2 statutory child maintenance schemes.

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DWP is responsible for the child maintenance system in Great Britain. It funds information and support for separating parents and runs the statutory child maintenance schemes, currently operated through the CSA. The latest CSA quarterly summary of statistics (QSS) contains the most up-to-date national statistics including tables and breakdowns on the CSA’s 2 existing statutory child maintenance schemes (1993/2003) up to December 2013.

We released the latest national statistics for the Child Support Agency (CSA) on 26 February 2014 according to arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. A new version of these was published on 4 March 2014 due to revisions to the commentary supporting table 18 and to table 21.

We release the CSA quarterly summary of statistics (QSS) publication approximately 6 weeks after the end of the period the statistics relate to. This is to allow for receipt of the data required, and for full quality assurance to be carried out. Our publication timetable can be found on the UKSA Publication Hub.

Policies and methodology

In December 2013 some of the methodologies, included in the CSA QSS, changed following external consultation. As a result we’ve published details of our policies and methodology related to the Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics for pre-December 2013 and post December 2013 separately.

Data included in the December 2013 CSA QSS goes back to January 2012. It should be noted that this data is not comparable to data included in previous releases.

Consultation on proposed changes to the Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics

We published a consultation on the proposed move to a new methodology. This closed on 9 July 2013 and a response to this consultation was published on 19 September 2013.

An earlier consultation was published in 2009 which aimed to review the accessibility and focus of the data, with the aim to aid consideration of how data could be better presented. This is available on the National Archive.

2012 child maintenance scheme

The government is reforming the child maintenance system. Wherever possible, we will support separated parents to work together in the interests of their children and set up their own, family-based child maintenance arrangements.

For those who are not able to do this, we have introduced the 2012 child maintenance scheme, administered by the Child Maintenance Service. This has been developed to help increase the number of payments reaching children on time and in full, bringing better value for money for the taxpayer, speedier processing of applications, simpler calculations and faster enforcement action for those that choose not to pay.

Contacts and more information

There is contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Documents

  1. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: December 2013

    • 4 March 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: September 2013

    • 20 November 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: June 2013

    • 20 November 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: March 2013

    • 15 May 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: December 2012

    • 1 December 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: September 2012

    • 14 November 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: June 2012

    • 22 August 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  8. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: March 2012

    • 25 April 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  9. Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: December 2011

    • 25 January 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics

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