The Guardian reports that in the five months since the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission began operating it has seized around 340 properties and frozen the bank accounts of more than 200 parents who defaulted on child maintenance payments.
Latest figures show a record 809,800 children are now benefiting from maintenance payments through the agency. Compliance by non-resident parents rose to 74.5% and total arrears dropped slightly to £3.78bn.
The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission took over the much-maligned Child Support Agency in 2008. The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is developing an entirely new statutory maintenance scheme that will replace the two schemes currently provided by the Child Support Agency from 2011.
The Child Support Agency will remain in use, however, until all of its cases have been closed and parents have been invited to apply to the new scheme. This process will take until 2014 to complete.
Commenting on the figures Child Maintenance Commissioner Stephen Geraghty said:
"The Child Support Agency continues to make steady progress in ensuring children receive the money they are entitled to and for the first time over 800,000 children are benefiting from maintenance.
"Through better case management and firm but fair use of its growing armoury of enforcement powers, the Agency is steadily reducing the number of cases in which no maintenance is being paid.
"Parents who are not meeting their maintenance obligations can expect to face action from us. We do not give up on pursuing outstanding maintenance."
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