"There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up." - Rex Stout

"The DWP has announced it intends to continue to automatically count as paid in full all cases where CSA-calculated maintenance is paid between parents (instead of via the CSA collection service), even though the DWP admits it has no way of measuring whether this is true or not" - Gingerbread, 16th May 2013.

Gingerbread chief executive Fiona Weir said: “This comes at a time when the government is planning to start charging both parents to collect child maintenance, in an effort to make them use a ‘maintenance direct’ arrangement. Yet the DWP itself has estimated that only around 28% of these ‘maintenance direct’ arrangements are likely to be fully paid. This will create a wholly misleading picture of the amount of money going to children.”