And the difference is or will be.
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 …
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?
Re: You are cynically suggesting that...
Actually, if I read yesterday's news correctly, A4E isn't going to be in existence much longer.
Another government IT system that cost billions but was still poorly managed. No surprise there then!
Money for All
once DWP take on running the new Universal Credit system.
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
somebody just put the dwp out of it's misery
"who had been placed into work by the programme's 18 prime contractors",
Or been cheated out of their benefits.