HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 cc414-5W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a lone parent in receipt of income support who receives a lump sum payment of arrears of child maintenance owing to delays in processing by the Child Support Agency will be able to carry forward unused amounts of child maintenance premium to set against the maintenance received. [143108]

Mr. Pond

Under the new child support scheme child maintenance premium is attributed to the same period as the payment of maintenance. Thus, if a non-resident parent pays £120 in child support, representing six weeks' liability of £20 per week, the child maintenance premium will be £60 (£10 x 6).