Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (231)

Denis Naughten

Question:

231. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will confirm that the new payroll system for the Child and Family Agency will be fully operational by 1 January 2014; the current status of this payroll system and the additional resources provided to ensure that it is fully operational by January 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41371/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Significant preparations are underway to develop the financial procedures and accounting arrangements that are required of a major public body such as the Child and Family Agency in discharging its financial accountability. In line with public service modernization it has been decided that shared services will be exploited to the fullest extent to promote operational efficiency. It has been agreed that the HSE will provide shared services to the Child and Family Agency including in respect of financial and human resource transactional processing. This includes delivery by HSE shared services of the Agency's payroll requirements. Children and Families are working closely with colleagues in the HSE Financial Shared Services to develop a new payroll system for implementation on the creation of the Agency. In this context, a specific plan and timetable has been adopted which is expected to deliver on this requirement.