2016 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: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
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 and set up their own child maintenance arrangements. For those who are not able to do this, the Department has introduced the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme, which significantly simplifies the calculation rules and provides a modern IT platform.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: The Infrastructure Projects Authority completed a review in August 2015 and strongly endorsed extending the programme to December 2016. The IPA will revisit the programme in Summer 2016 to assess the programme, including the management of the key delivery risks and whether the programme remains on track for its formal programme closure in December 2016.
Start date: 2009-08-01
End date: 2016-12-31
Schedule text: Phase 1 of the programme is complete. This introduced the new IT system, a mandatory gateway to encourage family based arrangements, and where these arrangements cannot be made, then application to the statutory 2012 scheme. Phase 2 introduced client charging and triggered the start of proactive closure of old ‘Child Support Agency’ cases and successfully went live between 30 June 2014 and 11 August 2014. The programme is closing existing cases in a phased and careful way, giving parents the option to make their own arrangements or to transfer where appropriate to the new system without disrupting existing maintenance payments. Case Closure of Segments 1-5 (around 900,000 cases) remains on track to complete by late 2017. Case Closure for Arrears Only cases (around 600,000 cases) is planned to start from mid 2017 and complete in early 2019. This will enable the “retirement” of the previous scheme IT systems.
Baseline: £122.20m
Forecast: £122.20m
Variance: None%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%.
Whole Life Cost: £955.84m
WLCost text: This Business Case was refreshed in late Summer 2015 to reflect the experience of live running. Greater numbers of clients are reaching agreements between themselves through Family Based Arrangements than originally assumed, and more clients who have applied to the 2012 scheme are making payments between themselves using the Direct Pay service instead of using the Collect and Pay Service. This has led to a reduced staff requirement and lower running costs. In addition, the programme has accelerated Case Closure since the previous business case.
Notes1: Budget variance less than 5%.
Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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