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Late delivery of IT to support the Work Programme left it without a system to carry out automated checks on whether people - who had been placed into work by the programme's 18 prime contractors - had stopped claiming benefits. A report by the public accounts committee, which draws similar conclusions to a National Audit Office …

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And the difference is or will be.

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You are cynically suggesting that...

...not *all* those vacancies would have gone unfilled otherwise? Even though an advertised unskilled job typically attract tens of applications?

£3-£5bn is a small price to keep A4e etc in business. It's not as if such a small investment could have actually have made a difference put into some productive activity, is it?

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Re: You are cynically suggesting that...

Actually, if I read yesterday's news correctly, A4E isn't going to be in existence much longer.

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Another government IT system that cost billions but was still poorly managed. No surprise there then!

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Big Brother

Money for All

once DWP take on running the new Universal Credit system.

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I believe the usual sequence of events is -

-Senior manager attends trade show/meets counterpart from other organisation/dines with colleague from old boy's network

-Senior manager made to feel a bit left out by snake oil salesman/counterpart/colleague regarding their new toy

-Senior manager decides to buy same toy

-Techy team made to buy toy/Senior Manager unilaterally buys toy

-Senior manager jumps up and down until Techy team does a next, next, finish install as a demo/pilot

-Senior manager announces toy is now live and available for use

-Procedures and paperwork fudged or ignored

-Toy is cobbled along for a while, Senior manager is promoted or leaves

-Data Protection Act breach

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Please

somebody just put the dwp out of it's misery

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Meh

"who had been placed into work by the programme's 18 prime contractors",

Or been cheated out of their benefits.

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