DWP Summoned To Disclose Gateway Contract Details

A Tribunal has ordered the Department of Work and Pensions to publish the details of the Gateway contract it has with Atos Origin.

Under the Gateway contract, which is one of the largest government IT contracts, Atos has been commissioned to create a website, which will be used by the public to access government services.

According to the First-Tier Tribunal, DWP must publish some of the details of the contract, such as the liability caps for the Gateway, for the general public to see.

The tribunal, which deals with the Freedom of Information requests, ruled that DWP has 28 days to respond to the tribunal's decision and to appeal to the Upper Tribunal.

Initially, the Freedom of Information request demanding the details of the contract was filed by UK developer Peter Collingbourne with the Cabinet Office in 2007.

When the Cabinet Office declined the request, Collingbourne appealed to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which ordered DWP to disclose the information.

Instead, the DWP approached the First-Tier Tribunal, also known as Information Tribunal, which ruled in favour of Collingbourne.

In a statement, the ICO said that “The Information Tribunal's ruling broadly upholds the Information Commissioner's original decision ordering the Department for Work and Pensions to release information, including some contract details, concerning the appointment of Atos Origin for the Gateway project.”