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New Deal Schemes

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what interfaces of (a) data and (b) process will exist between Provider Referral and Payment and Flexible New Deal providers; (240260)

(2) what contribution Flexible New Deal providers are expected to make to the data record for each Flexible New Deal claimant held by his Department;

(3) what performance metrics Provider Referral and Payment will track for each Flexible New Deal (a) contract and (b) provider;

(4) if he will place in the Library a copy of the work programme to design, develop, implement and operate provider referral and payment, including a description of IT or consultancy suppliers involved at any stage.

The provider referrals and payments (PRaP) system will, using the secure Government Gateway, supply flexible new deal providers with the minimum personal data about the customer to enable them to fulfil their contractual obligations and trigger payment. As we are still developing the system, the data that will be transferred remain to be finalised.

Providers will input details of the customer's progress through flexible new deal and PRaP will update each customer's data record.

PRaP data will inform the performance metrics used to track flexible new deal contracts and providers. Other sources of information such as the Labour Market System will also be used. Once it is known which providers have been successful in their bids to operate flexible new deal, we will work with them to ensure that they are ready to operate PRaP to deliver the required services from October 2009 and provide management information as specified.

As the project progresses through key stages in the design, development and implementation of PRaP, the work plan is revised and updated. The final plan, taking the project through to implementation, will be agreed in late April. A copy of this will be placed in the Library at that time. PRaP is being developed by the Department's IT suppliers EDS with their Oracle consultancy practice.