Child Support Agency


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Child Support Agency (CSA)

the body, headed by a chief executive, charged by the Secretary of State to apply the child support legislation and part of the Department of Work and Pensions. It employs child support officers and inspectors. There are complaints procedures. It has been given financial targets; in some cases, fees are payable. Essentially it works out how much people owe for child support and collects it according to the statutory formula. There is a separate agency for Northern Ireland. See also MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENT.
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"With over PS200million in unpaid maintenance, the Government risks repeating the same mistakes as the old Child Support Agency.
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A spokeswoman for the Child Support Agency said: "Imprisonment for failure to pay child maintenance is very rare and is always taken as a last resort.
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Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, in whose constituency single parents are owed pounds 5.2m (397th), said the figures were shocking and called for the Child Support Agency to address what the family support charity Gingerbread said was a "debt mountain".
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Child Support Agency minister Lord McKenzie said today: "If parents fail to pay what they owe, we have the power to order bailiffs to seek payment, get an order for the sale of assets and even prosecute people, which could see them end up in prison.
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