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Audit Scotland has said that the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) 'is not yet able to meet all its customers' ICT needs'. In a report published on 28 October, the official auditor says that the SPSA, which was established in 2007 to provide a range of support services to Scotland's police forces, needs to "engage more …

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pork barrel consultancy

Only after spend millions of public moolah does the "ACPO" find VAT is an "issue"...

Pork barrelling from our kilted upper management plod with snouts in the public trough again?

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Yeah right.

They say 'lessons have been learned' as they have done in every official report since the year dot, and yet whenever public funds are involved, it still all goes rapidly pear-shaped, costs more than it should and never works properly. The same happens in the private sector but the costs are covered up, jobs cut and the fees we are charged hiked to cover it. And in service provision, there is much shaking of heads, more paperwork, more rules and a reorganisation, only for the same thing to happen again.

Slow learners, I guess.

Competency. Just basic competency would go a long way to improving British business and administration across the board.

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"Lessons have been learned"

I wonder if that possibly could have included starting with learning lessons from cockups and successes elsewhere before starting? The very idea!

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No surprise

What we do know in Scotland is that when politicians build something (such as a Parliament) they will call in a fleet of expert contractors and sign cheques first and ask questions later. The result will be ten times over budget and the roof beams will fall down.

This would appear to be the case "doon the nick" too.

Tux, 'cos then we'd have been able to see the accounts.

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