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.So, given that the system only has a limited life and we do not really want to keep investing in it, then we will not stop that, but you can slowly bring the increase down by solving those problems. Again, I think it was the right thing to do, to take anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and the Child Support Agency's Operational Improvement Plan|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Work and Pensions Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2010-02-24|