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Gershon Efficiency Targets

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department is making towards achieving compliance with Gershon efficiency targets; and if he will list the (a) reallocations of savings targets between different sections of the Department and its agencies, (b) arrangements for securing and monitoring service quality and (c) external audit of compliance with the targets which have taken place in pursuit of those targets. (69278)

The Department is on track to meet its Gershon review efficiency targets. Progress against the targets has been reported in the Department’s Departmental Report 2006 which was laid before Parliament on 11 May 2006.

Indicative year-end headcount milestones by DWP business are set out as follows. DWP SR2004 financial settlement was funded net of required financial efficiency savings. The Department for Work and Pensions spending plans for the SR2004 period are set out in the Department’s Departmental Report 2006.

The Department’s Efficiency Technical Note sets out how the Department will measure achievement of the efficiency targets from the Spending Review 2004 and departmental performance, including assurance arrangements for those measures. The Efficiency Technical Note is published on the Department’s website.

FTE

Headcount Milestones (ONS)

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Business

Actual Headcount 1 March 2004

Actual Headcount 31 March 2006

Headcount Milestone 31 March 2006

Headcount Milestone 31 March 2007

Headcount Milestone 31 March 2008

Jobcentre Plus

82,067

71,222

71,100

68,550

66,700

Child Support Agency

10,928

11,034

11,350

10,650

9,600

Disability Carers Service

7,263

6,398

6,500

6,050

5,600

The Rent Service

0

674

750

650

200

The Pension Service

19,890

13,846

14,650

13,800

9,600

Appeals Service

850

759

800

0

0

Corporate Human Resources

1,681

1,563

1,450

1,300

1,100

Group Finance

5,814

5,745

6,000

5,500

5,000

PSD

1,207

446

500

450

450

Other Corporate and Shared Services

1,279

1,402

1,500

1,400

1,300

WWEG

1,204

1,180

1,150

1,050

1,000

Pensions Client Directorate

360

498

550

550

550

Contingency

n/a

n/a

0

0

1,450

DWP totals

132,543

114,767

116,300

109,950

102,550

Notes: 1. These profiles are indicative and subject to review. 2. Profiles rounded to nearest 50 FTEs. 3. Other Corporate and Shared Services include—ID, CCSAD, LGSPG, Private Office, Communications and the ISBs. 4. The milestone figures do not include additional headcount (approx. 850) for new work (relating to Incapacity Benefits Reform, New Deal Plus Pilots, Administration of the Growth and 50/50/50 Funds and the Affordable Credit Deduction Scheme) that is outside of the Department’s efficiency challenge. Glossary: FTE—full time equivalent WWEG—Work, Welfare and Equality Group PSD—Programme and System Delivery ID—Information Directorate ISBs—Independent Statutory Bodies CCSAD—Cross Cutting Strategy Analysis Directorate LSPG—Law, Governance and Special Policy Group Version:7 rev