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Departmental Expenditure Limit

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 52-7WS, on the departmental expenditure limit (2008-09), to what types of data transfer the transfer of £1 million from the local government online programme to the Department for Work and Pensions is related. (252148)

The £1 million was transferred from the local government online programme to support the roll-out of the Government Connect Secure Extranet (GCSx), as part of a financial arrangement between CLG and DWP, following the transfer of the Government Connect programme to DWP in April 2008.

GCSx is intended to provide the technical platform to enable the transfer of secure interactions such as housing and council tax benefit processing between local authorities and central Government Departments.