Child Maintenance Service Statistics

Latest data for Great Britain up to March 2018 by DWP

What is the Child Maintenance Service?
The Child Maintenance Service is for separated parents who can’t arrange child maintenance between themselves. The Child Maintenance Service can calculate the amount of maintenance to be paid and parents can then arrange the payments between themselves. This is called Direct Pay. If the parents cannot do this or they don’t pay what was agreed then the Child Maintenance Service can collect and manage the payments between the parents which is known as Collect and Pay. The Child Maintenance Service has a range of enforcement actions it can use if the Paying Parent refuses to pay their child maintenance.

Definitions

Collect & Pay and Direct Pay - Once the Child Maintenance Service calculates the amount of maintenance to be paid, some parents will then arrange the payments between themselves; this is called Direct Pay. If the parents can’t do this or the paying parent does not make the payments then the Child Maintenance Service can collect and manage the payments between the parents. This service is known as Collect and Pay.

Compliance - If the parents are using the Collect and Pay service and the paying parent has paid some child maintenance in the last three months then they are considered to be compliant.
About these statistics
Comparisons between these statistics on the Child Maintenance Service and the CSA should not be made as the two services have different aims and cover different groups. The Government’s changes to the child maintenance system in 2012 were designed to encourage parents to work together to provide for their children. Child Maintenance Options was created to support parents to set up collaborative, family-based child maintenance arrangements. The Child Maintenance Service was intended for those parents who cannot make family-based arrangements.

The interactive visualisation on the ’Dashboard’ tab allows you to explore statistics related to the Child Maintenance Service at a national (Great Britain) or regional level. It provides information about paying parents, payment arrangements and compliance. Data for the visualisation is drawn from our published Data Tables. The volumes are based on the number of paying parents who have an ongoing maintenance liability.

Please note that this visualisation is a prototype tool on the Child Maintenance Service Experimental statistics and may be removed or modified at any time. If you have any comments or suggestions for improving this page, please let us know. Note that this page may not be fully accessible or work in older browsers.

These statistics have been developed in accordance with the National Statistics Code of Practice and supporting Principles. The data provided cover the period June 2016 to March 2018.

Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum due to rounding.