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Departmental Assets

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assets with a value of £250,000 or more his Department has bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The DWP has acquired 36 assets costing more than £250,000 between 1 May 2010 and 31 October 2011 totalling approximately £202.2 million.

The assets all relate to software, IT development and software licences.

The largest purchase was the implementation of the first phase of the central payment system (CPS) at £73.8 million, which has modernised benefit payments.

A further £44 million has been incurred for software development on the reassessment of incapacity benefit customers.

In addition, £48 million incurred on seven assets within a project to develop a single customer view which underpins the DWP Enquiry Service.

The remaining 27 assets have the following categorisation: 12 relate to software licences, two relate to IT and 13 to software development.

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