Government Digital Service

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) what assessment he has made of the implications of the withdrawal of the Government Digital Service team for the timing of the development of the digital solution for the universal credit IT system;

(2) on what date the remaining Government Digital Service team will be replaced by specialists in the Department for Work and Pensions;

(3) how many members of the Government Digital Service are currently working on the digital solution for the universal credit IT system;

(4) when he estimates that all Government Digital Service resources will be withdrawn from the universal credit digital solution project.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to Jonathan Ashworth, on 9 January 2014, Hansard, column 325W.

There are currently 10 members of GDS supporting the universal credit digital solution. As with all exemplar projects, GDS will continue to support the DWP on an ongoing basis.

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