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Departmental Expenditure

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of refurbishments in his Department was in each year since 1997; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

DWP was formed in June 2001 from the former Department of Social Security (DSS) and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment, including the Employment Service (ES). Information for the period prior to June 2001 refers to the former DSS and ES.

The available information on the costs of refurbishments since 1997 is in the table.

Total (£ million)
1997–98 52.4
1998–99 14.6
1999–2000 23.3
2000–01 23.7
2001–02 77.8
2002–03 175.3
2003–04 179.7


1.Expenditure on refurbishments increased in 2002 when the Department embarked on a major modernisation programme funded by the Treasury to improve the way in which DWP services are delivered to the public. The physical surroundings of several of the businesses within DWP are being changed, including Jobcentre Plus, The Pension Service and Debt Management Services. The total spend is a combination of major refurbishments to buildings and smaller, business-related refurbishment works costs.

2.Health and Safety Executive figures are included from 2002 when they joined DWP.

The available information on estimated future expenditure on refurbishments is in the table.

Total (£ million)
2004–05 73.1
2005–06 307.8


1.These figures are estimates and may be subject to change.

2.The estimates include expenditure for Jobcentre Plus rollout, the Health and Safety Executive and the Rent Service which became part of DWP in April 2004. Estimated costs for other business related refurbishment works are not included as they are not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost

3.The anticipated increased spend in 2005–06 is due to an expected increase in the number of Jobcentre Plus offices to be rolled out during the year.

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