HC Deb 26 June 1997 vol 296 cc642-3W
Ms Keeble

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security in what proportion of cases being dealt with by the CSA, the parent with care of the child is not receiving benefit, described under section 6 of the Child Support Act 1991(a) in total, (b) by region and (c) by county. [4381]

Mr. Keith Bradley

We believe that all children are entitled to the support of both parents wherever they may live. Children should be supported by the taxpayer only when their parents are unable to do so. The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mrs. Faith Boardman. She will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Mrs. Faith Boardman to Ms Sally Keeble, dated 25 June 1997: I am replying to your Parliamentary Question to the Secretary of State for Social Security about the proportion of CSA cases where the parent/person with care is not in receipt of benefit as described under section 6 of the Child Support Act 1991. At 28 February 1997, of the 579,180 live and assessed cases recorded on the Child Support Computer System, 11% of parents/persons with care were not in receipt of income support or other prescribed benefits. The table attached shows a breakdown by region, a breakdown by county is not available. I hope this is helpful.

Parent/Person with care not in receipt of Income Support or other prescribed benefits
Live and assessed caseload—28 February 1997
Number of cases Not in receipt of IS/FamC/DWA
Number Per cent.
Great Britain 579,180 65,000 11
North 40,660 4,180 10
Scotland 45,620 4,080 9
Yorkshire and Humberside 54,200 4,700 9
North West 74,280 9,180 12
East Midlands 35,680 3,840 11
West Midlands 52,320 5,320 10
East Anglia 18,540 1,900 10
Wales 37,200 5,180 14
South East 135,060 16,700 12
South West 47,720 6,480 14

Regional totals do not sum to the Great Britain total as some postcode data are sufficient to allow a regional breakdown. We do not record the above statistics at levels lower than by region.

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