CSA computer goes live

The new Child Support Agency computer is now ready to go live at an extra cost to the taxpayer of £29m.

The new Child Support Agency computer is now ready to go live at an extra cost to the taxpayer of £29m.

Work and pensions secretary Andrew Smith said the decision to delay the new, simpler system for getting cash of absent parents had been justified.

He told MPs, "I am satisfied that the IT system will deliver a level of service that is acceptable, but with any new system of this size - even after exhaustive testing - there will be some bugs to sort out. We have put in place systems and procedures to deal with this.''

He admitted the cost of the contract with EDS to the government, originally worth £427m, had risen to £456m.

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