Tuesday, 16 December 2008

The efficiency drive

Posted on the Bevan Foundation blog on 16th December 2008

What a story! I'm tempted to say you couldn't make it up, but....

A GOVERNMENT initiative to save £57m was run so badly from its Welsh HQ it ended up costing the taxpayer £81m instead.

The project, to share back-office functions for the Department for Transport, went so disastrously wrong the IT system frequently sent messages to staff in German.

Today the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes a scathing report into the fiasco, which the MPs describe as “one of the worst this committee has seen”.

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