Efficiency drive loses government £81m

An efficiency drive meant to save The Department for Transport £57m actually
cost it £81m, according to an NAO report.

The new computer system, which cost £120m was insufficiently tested.
‘Decisions to save money on system testing proved to be a false economy,’ the
report stated.

Public Accounts Committee chairman Edward Leigh likened the problems to
sitcom Yes Minister: ‘ [The DFT] has managed to implement an efficiency drive
that would have been familiar to Sir Humphrey Appleby.’

Further reading:

the Press Association’s story

the NAO’s report

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