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Stephen Timms (Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions); East Ham, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what IT contracts he has awarded for implementation of universal credit; what the name is of each successful bidder; how many bids his Department received for each such contract; what the monetary value is of each contract; what the expected timescale is for completing the work; and what outputs are expected.

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Chris Grayling (The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)

We have obtained Contingency Funding Approval from HM Treasury to progress with design and development work ahead of Royal Assent of the Welfare Reform Bill.

The service providers involved in the IT delivery for Universal Credit are currently: Accenture, Hewlett Packard and BT plus input from Agile specialists Emergn. These contracts have been awarded under existing departmental frameworks for IT Development. These contracts will provide the delivery of the IT components for Universal Credit.

The monetary value of the contracts are commercially restricted under the terms of the framework agreements.

The expected time scale for completion of the IT development is spring 2013 for live pathfinders and autumn 2013 for full availability of Universal Credit, pending consideration of transition models.

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