2015 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: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The central premise of the Government’s vision is to 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, the Department has introduced the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme, administered by the Child Maintenance Service. The 2012 scheme delivered two critical changes to the policy and regulations which both simplified the approach to child maintenance calculations and provided a new IT platform on which it could be administered.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: Following the MPA review in May 2013 that considered the successful delivery of Phase 1, all recommendations were accepted and addressed by the Programme. Phase 1 of the Programme is now complete. This introduced the new IT system, a mandatory gateway to encourage family based arrangements and, where these arrangements cannot be made, an application to the statutory 2012 scheme. The MPA revisited the Programme in February 2014 and subsequently increased the delivery confidence rating for successful delivery of Phase 2. All recommendations from this review were accepted and addressed by the Programme. Phase 2, which went live between 30 June 2014 and 11 August 2014, introduced client charging and triggered the start of proactive historic case closure activity.
Start date: 2009-08-01
End date: 2015-12-31
Schedule text: Phase 1 of the Programme is complete. Phase 2 of the Programme went live on 30 June 2014. Phase 2 introduced client charging and triggered the start of proactive 1993/2003 Scheme case closure activity. Case closure is being conducted in a way that accords with Ministerial decisions and the Case Closure regulations. The closure programme is expected to take around three years to complete and there are around 900,000 1993 and 2003 scheme cases to close. The aim is to have all statutory scheme clients on one set of assessment rules using one IT system, managed by one organisation. Segment 1 (nil assessed cases) case closure went live on 30 June 2014 as planned. Segment 2 (nil compliant cases) case closure went live on 26 January 2015 as planned. Segment 3 (compliant cases off system) and Segment 4 (compliant cases on system) case closure activity started on 18 May 2015 as planned. Activities are now underway to develop the high level designs to enable closure of our final case closure segment; Segment 5 (enforced cases), and Arrears Only cases. Both of which are planned to start in 2016.
Baseline: £86.66m
Forecast: £69.18m
Variance: -20.00%
Variance text: The variance primarily relates to the 3 month delay to the go-live of Phase 2. The budget is based on Version B9 of the business case (baselined July 2013) which assumed a Phase 2 go live of 31 March 2014 allowing 12 full months of Case Closure activity within CMG Operations in 2014-15. The subsequent agreement to move the go-live date for Phase 2 from March 2014 to June 2014 meant that only 9 months of case closure activity took place in 2014-15.
Whole Life Cost: £1,218.33m
WLCost text: Whole life costs reflect the total costs associated with the Child Maintenance Reform Programme. The forecast of £1,321m is 8.5% more than the budgeted whole life costs of £1,218m. The budgeted costs reflect Business Case B9 and the current forecast incorporates delivery changes (the approval to move the go-live date of Phase 2 from March 2014 to June 2014 using a pathfinder approach) as outlined in the draft Business Case TB10.
Notes1: Child Maintenance Group Change
Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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