What Is a Statutory Service?

A statutory service is a type of government mandated care or service to the public in the United Kingdom. An example of a statutory service is child support or free health care.

The United Kingdom establishes multiple statutory services to fill public needs for health care, children services and adult social services. A statutory service may not always be mandatory for the person receiving care, but it is available if needed.

For instance, parents who are unable to come to an agreement regarding child support payments may apply to the U.K.’s Child Maintenance Service for assistance. This service decides how large the child support payments should be based on income and other factors. The service even acts as an intermediary, accepting payments from the non-resident parent and submitting those payments to the parent responsible for day-to-day child care.