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Departmental Internet

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which websites are operated by his Department in addition to its main website; and what the operating budget for those websites is. (251212)

The following tables detail the websites currently operated by the Department for Work and Pensions, and the costs associated with them.

DWP websites are mostly operated by the Department’s own in-house Digital Media team.

DWP is currently working with the COI to develop a standardised method for quantifying website costs across Government. We will be implementing this standard from March 2009 in line with the current timetable.

However, for the financial year 2007-08, the latest available figures, it was not possible for us to quantify internal staff costs, because in most cases, staff were engaged in more than one role. In addition, we were unable to establish accurately our infrastructure costs because they formed part of a wider departmental IT contract. We have therefore detailed only quantifiable costs for each site—these include payments to suppliers for services such as research, testing and site builds. Figures for the jobcentre plus website include the costs of maintaining some online services, since these figures are quantifiable.

Table A lists those websites operated by Department for Work and Pensions where the Department is responsible for the content:

Website name and address

Quantifiable costs financial year 2007-08 (£)

Department for Work and Pensions

www.dwp.gov.uk

25,666

Jobcentre Plus

www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk

Employer Direct Online

390,684

Internet Job Bank

1,645,752

Tactical e-services

1,014,816

Site Accessibility

58,000

Total

3,109,252

The Pension Service

www.thepensionservice.gov.uk

10,429

Directgov Disabled People and Carers Sections

www.direct.gov.uk/disablity

614,848

www.direct.gov.uk/carers

Directgov Over 50s Section

www.direct.gov.uk/over50s

Directgov Jobseekers

www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Jobseekers

Age Positive

www.agepositive.gov.uk

Office for Disability Issues

www.officefordisability.gov.uk

149,466

European Social Fund

www.esf.gov.uk

Now Let’s Talk Money

www.nowletstalkmoney.com

163,612

Table B lists those websites operated by the Department for Work and Pensions where the Department is not responsible for the content:

Website name and address

Quantifiable costs financial year 2007-08 (£)

Independent Case Examiner

www.ind-case-exam.org.uk

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council

www.iiac.org.uk

Social Security Advisory Committee

www.ssac.org.uk

Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force

www.emetaskforce.gov.uk