Child support head’s ‘delayed’ departure

Child Support Agency chief executive Doug Smith is still in his
post at the troubled agency despite deciding to stand down in

This week the Department for Work and Pensions insisted he had
never been expected to leave before a replacement was found.

But Child Poverty Action Group head Kate Green said: “We were led
to believe the chief executive had resigned. Whoever is in charge,
the Child Support Agency is a mess and children in poverty are
losing out.”

A DWP spokesperson said it was always intended that Smith would
leave in the New Year.

A report from the Commons’ work and pensions select committee in
January found that the CSA was failing half a million children.

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