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16/11/2005

CSA under fire for compensation payments

The beleaguered Child Support Agency was under more pressure today as it emerged that over 35,000 people have been paid compensation in the past four years.

The most recent figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats showed that most compensation payments were small amounts, but according to reports today 40 individuals had received five-figure payments of between £10,000 and £50,000.

Figures obtained earlier this month by the Liberal Democrats Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary David Laws showed that that since the Child Support Agency reforms were introduced in March 2003, £118,370 in performance related bonuses has been paid to senior managers at the CSA.

Commenting on the bonus payments, Mr Laws said: "It is unbelievable that any bonus at all should be being paid within an organisation which is in chaos and failing children and families.

The latest figures have resulted in renewed calls for the CSA to be placed under the control of the Inland Revenue.

(SP/KMcA)

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