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CSA costs pounds 12m a year to run.

MORE money is being spent on running the Child Support Agency's enforcement unit than it recovers from fathers, it emerged today.

The agency, which recovers maintenance from absent parents for the upkeep of their children, retrieved pounds 8 million last year but cost pounds 12 million to operate.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions, which is responsible for the CSA, said while the figures were accurate, they only accounted for money retrieved from the initial contact with the parent and did not take into account any future payments made by that person.

She said: "These figures are just the tip of the iceberg.

"They take into account just the initial payment that's made from the enforcement action. That is just an initial contact.

"It doesn't take into account how much will then by collected from that person in the future."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 2, 2005
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