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Rural Payments Agency: ICT

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Rural Payments Agency's upgrade of its IT system to the Epsilon programme. (245801)

The Epsilon IT changes were delivered at a cost of £8.56 million. This reflects costs over a 12-month lifecycle from design through to implementation.

The core components in scope included:

mandatory policy changes to allow accurate Single Payment Scheme 2008 payments;

automated management of customer land transfer details;

simplified management of customer entitlements;

providing a unique point of access for customer documents.

The cost includes design, build and delivery of a functional system but excludes wider business change costs.