Feeds

DWP upped IT development spend by a third

Everyone needs £303m

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The Department for Work and Pensions increased its IT development budget from £224m in 2006-07 to £303m in 2008-09 to introduce online services.

According to a parliamentary written answer published on 10 March 2010, the DWP spent the money "to improve customer service and streamline processes".

A DWP spokesperson told GC News: "This spike in development costs covers various specific projects including supporting the introduction of employment and support allowance and the cost of introducing JSA (Jobseeker's Allowance) and state pension online and various other online self-service projects."

"We have made huge efficiency savings on IT since 2004 reducing total costs from £1.071bn to £987m in 2008-09 and we expect these reductions to continue," the department added.

DWP minister Jim Knight told Labour MP Claire Curtis-Thomas: "Every project is subject to continuous rigorous scrutiny to ensure it fits with departmental strategy and delivers value for money."

Knight also said that "no IT projects have been cancelled prior to completion by the department and its agencies in the last 12 months," after being asked about cancellations by Conservative MP Philip Hammond.

This article was originally published at Kable.

Kable's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.