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Invest To Save Budget

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which organisation led each Invest To Save project which has been sponsored by his Department since 1998; and if he will make a statement; (247057)

(2) how many of the Invest To Save projects sponsored by his Department in each year since 1998 (a) have completed their initial stage and have been continued, (b) have completed their initial stage and been discontinued and (c) are in progress; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many Invest To Save projects have been sponsored by his Department in each region in each year since 1998; what the cost of each such project was; and if he will make a statement.

The Invest to Save Budget (ISB) was a cross-Government funding stream that was launched by HM Treasury in 1998 to foster innovation within the public sector and promote the joined-up delivery of public services through greater partnership working.

Many lessons were learnt from the DWP-sponsored projects and the outcomes of the initial stages informed the effective delivery of services and products to DWP’s customers. A 2007 review of the ISB drew particular attention to the success of the ONE project. This piloted the requirement of benefit claimants to consider their work potential before making a claim and heavily influenced the design and roll-out of Jobcentre Plus.

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following table. The table shows the ‘Invest to Save’ funding allocated to each project. Information on costs is not readily available and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Name

Lead organisation

Status

Region

ISB Funding (£000)

Round 1 (announced 1999)

ONE: Single Work focused interview

Employment Service

Completed: Discontinued

National

79,540

Employment Service regional call centre

Employment Service

Completed: Discontinued

National

2,912

Better govt prototypes for Older people

Benefits Agency

Completed: Discontinued

National

804

Round 2 (announced 2000)

Call centre for Health and Safety Communication

HSE

Completed: Continued

National

448

Claims checking and completion Service

Benefits Agency

Completed: Discontinued

North West

142

Better govt for older people (Integrated Advice and Support Services for Pensioners)

Benefits Agency

Completed: Discontinued

National

76

Prisoners Passport service

Benefits Agency

Completed: Continued

North East

18

Round 3 (announced2001)

Net based Control of Hazards

HSE

Completed: Discontinued

National

200

National Height Model

HSE

Completed: Continued

National

100

Chemical Control for Health and Safety

HSE

Completed: Discontinued

National

250

Document Scanning and e-mail

DSS

Completed: Discontinued

North East

95

Internet benefit advice and digital TV/e-mail

Benefits Agency

Completed: Discontinued

National

514

Internet benefit advice and digital TV/e-mail

Benefits Agency

Completed: Discontinued

National

1,875

Round 4 (announced 2002)

Electronic Health and Safety tools for Business Support Network

HSE

Completed: Discontinued

National

535

Electronic Risk Assessment

HSE

Completed: Continued

National

90

Performance Framework for administering HB/CTB

Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

Completed: Continued

National

187

Performance Improvement Action Teams for LA administering

Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

Completed: Discontinued

National

1,003

Flexible Employment Service Delivery: Prisons

Employment Service

Completed: Continued

National

1,000

Encouraging older people into NHS employment

DWP

Completed: Discontinued

National

99

Assisting in processing claims and backlogs of work

DWP

Completed: Discontinued

National

2,750

Sharing data between social landlords and Welfare advice agencies

Southampton City Council

Completed: Discontinued

South East

305

Round 5 (announced 2003)

None

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Round 6 (announced 2004)

None

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Round 7 (announced 2005)

Rural Challenge

SERVE (Care in the Community)

Completed: Discontinued

East Midlands

99

Link Age Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire CC

Completed: Discontinued

East Midlands

478

Trellis

The Employability Forum

Completed: Discontinued

West Midlands

645

Building Future Jobs Eco-system (BTEG)

Black Training and Enterprise Group

Completed: Discontinued

London

3,926

Narrowing the Gap

QED-UK

Completed: Discontinued

Yorkshire and Humber

1,500

Workout PECAN

PECAN Ltd.

In Progress

London

1,773

Supporting Refugee Professionals

Refugees into jobs

In Progress

London

934

Round 8 (announced 2006)

Choices and well-being

SAFE (Southampton Action For Employment)

In Progress

South East

240

Round 9 (announced 2007)

Single Homelessness Enterprise Project

LB Camden

In Progress

London

595

Aspire

Welwyn Hatfield Council

In Progress

East of England

150

Notes:

1. Information has been taken from local records held by DWP and HM Treasury officials.

2. ‘Region’ information refers to the Government office region.

3. ISB funding shown is rounded to the nearest thousand pounds.

4. The information in respect of name, lead organisation and ISB funding is consistent with documents published on the ISB website at: www.isb.gov.uk

Further information on the projects can be found on the Invest to Save website at: www.isb.gov.uk (including “A Review of the Invest to Save Budget: An innovation fund for public services”).