HC Deb 22 February 1999 vol 326 cc157-8W
Mr. Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the total savings to the social security budget, for the past five years, resulting from maintenance paid to families through the Child Support Agency. [71099]

Angela Eagle

The information is in the table.

A breakdown of total savings to the Social Security budget from maintenance paid through the Child Support Agency
£ million
Year Benefit savings
1993–94 418
1994–95 479
1995–96 493
1996–97 469
1997–98 464
1998–991 314
Total 2,637
>1up to 31 December 1998


The figures include maintenance, collected or arranged which directly offsets benefit expenditure, together with estimated savings where a claim for Income Support ceases as a result of action by the Agency.