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.
The DWP has acquired 36 assets costing more than £250,000 between
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.