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Integrated Children’s System

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he had with local authorities on the Integrated Children's System prior to its introduction. (284584)

The original Integrated Children's System (ICS) requirements were developed between 2001 and 2003, while children's social care services were the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Health. Ten consultation events were held in 2000 with over 500 representatives from organisations responsible for child welfare in England and Wales, including local authority social services departments, private and voluntary agencies, the then Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, pilot post-qualifying child care courses, software houses, and a number of other interested individuals. Following the Department's assumption of responsibility for ICS, my officials have maintained regular contact with local authority officers involved in implementation. Additional consultative events were held with local authorities in May 2008 to inform my Department's preparation of the specification of ICS Phase 1C.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure his Department has incurred on the Integrated Children’s System to date. (284592)

Expenditure incurred on the Integrated Children’s System (ICS) project from 2004-05 until 31 March 2009 was £72.6 million, including £63.2 million paid in capital grant to local authorities and £9.4 million on project costs.