§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the present criteria for deciding whether his Department will collect maintenance payments on behalf of income support claimants; and in what proportion of cases these arrangements currently operate.
§ Mr. Jack
The Department will collect maintenance payments on behalf of a claimant to income support if the liable relative does not pay the full maintenance due, pays late or misses a payment. Payments can also be collected by the Department where there are other good grounds for doing so—for instance, if there is a threat of violence from the liable relative.
The latest information held is for May 19891, and shows that at that time just under a quarter of maintenance payments for income support claimants were collected on their behalf by the Department.
1 Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry, May 1989.