2013 Report details for project: Child Maintenance Group

Project name: Child Maintenance Group - there are 4 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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Organisation: DWP (D10) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2013 (data is from Sept 2012)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The central premise of the Government’s vision is that the existing child maintenance system fails to provide support for parents to work collaboratively. Wherever possible, we will support separated parents to work together in the interests of their children and set up their own, family-based child maintenance arrangements. For those who are not able to do this, we have introduced the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme, administered by the Child Maintenance Service. The 2012 Scheme delivers two critical changes to the policy and regulations which simplify the approach to child maintenance calculations, and a new IT system to administer the 2012 Scheme that seeks to improve our ability to deliver good service. The 2012 Scheme is to be launched in two phases.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The existing child support system is outdated and ineffective; relying on systems introduced in 1993 and 2003 which now operate in parallel. As well as delivering a simpler and improved solution for family-based arrangements, the new scheme builds and resolves the fractured and outdated IT. An Assurance of Actions Plan (AAP) was commissioned to review progress against the recommendations of the Project Assessment Review undertaken by the MPA in April 2012. The April 2012 Project Assessment Review assessed delivery confidence as Red due to the lack of a credible plan from which a delivery date with a good level of confidence could be agreed. This was improved to Amber in July 2012 as progress had been made on all recommendations which increased the delivery confidence, and agreement to go live with a phased pathfinder approach was confirmed by the Secretary of State.
Start date: 2009-08-01
End date: 2014-01-29
Schedule text: The 2012 scheme was duly launched on 10 December 2012 on a pathfinder basis. It was initially opened to new applicants with 4 or more qualifying children and will gradually be opened up to all applicants over the course of 2013. Once the 2012 scheme has opened to all new applicants and is seen to be working well, we will launch Phase 2 and introduce charging. The Department has just announced plans to progress with case closure and charging in response to the consultation Supporting separated families; securing children's futures.
Baseline: £72.50m
Forecast: £87.35m
Variance: 20.48%
Variance text: The forecast overspend is due to the implementation of the Child Maintenance 2012 system in December 2012 rather than 6 weeks earlier as originally planned. The additional costs were therefore necessary to minimise the risk of much greater additional costs being incurred when full rollout of the 2012 scheme takes place. The additional costs in 2012/13 have been met through efficiencies from other budget lines to ensure the whole life costs remain within 5%.
Whole Life Cost: £1,203.39m
WLCost text: Budgeted whole life costs are within 5% variance.
Notes1: Child Maintenance Group Change
Sourcefile: DWP_2013.csv

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