The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and the Child Support Agency's operational improvement plan: third report of session 2009-10 report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

House of Commons papers 118 2009-10

Corporate Author:
Great Britain Parliament House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee
Author:
Terry Rooney (chairman)
Publisher:
TSO (The Stationery Office)

This report discusses the problems experienced in the child maintenance system since the establishment of the Child Support Agency (CSA) in 1993. It covers the changes in legislation; the introduction in 2006 of a 'twin-track' approach with the three year Operational Improvement Plan and the establishment in 2008 of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. Whilst the Operational Improvement Plan brought some successes it 'was not designed to get us a perfect system - [but] designed to give us a stable platform on which we could build the future long-term changes' and the Committee still expressed concerns. These concerns are primarily two-fold: that the new statutory scheme, and its reliance on private arrangements, will see a return to the pre-1993 situation; and, more immediately, that transition to the new scheme will place an intolerable burden on the Commission with a ballooning clerical caseload in the old and current schemes in addition to running three different IT systems in parallel.

Extent [2], 29, Ev 51p. ISBN 9780215544162
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