3) Billions on Failed Information Technology
Botched IT projects under the Labour Government have cost the British taxpayer in the region of £26 billion.
The investigation by the British newspaper, the Independent, found that British taxpayers were left saddled with a bill of more than £26 billion for computer systems that have either suffered severe delays, or run over budget, or that have been cancelled altogether. The Independent said that the total cost of Labour’s 10 most notorious IT failures is “equivalent to more than half of the budget for Britain’s schools last year”.
One of the most noteworthy computer failures under Labour has been its £12.7 billion National Programme for IT project (NPfIT) for the NHS. The Independent found that just 160 health organisations out of about 9,000 are using electronic patient records delivered under the scheme!
Other costly IT blunders under Labour include:
1) The £7.1 billion Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) – This project is running more than £180 million over budget and is 18 months late.
2) The £5 billion National Identity Scheme – originally budgeted at £3 billion but costs have risen as opposition continues – Now set to be scrapped!
3) The £400 million Libra system (for magistrates’ courts) – Originally budgeted at £146 million, but ‘complications’ meant that costs have now risen to more than £400 million.
4) The GCHQ “box move” of technology was initially costed at £41 million – costs have now spiralled to more than £300 million.
5) Costs for the National Offender Management Information System (C-Nomis) doubled to more than £600 million and it was abandoned in 2007, with £155 million already spent. The Public Accounts Committee described it as “a shambles” and a “prime example of how not to develop a project”.
6) The Government has quietly abandoned its Benefit Processing Replacement Programme, but only after spending £106 million on it.
7) The Prism IT project to link 200 offices of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) around the world initially cost £54 million, but delays meant that costs have ballooned to £88.5 million.
8) The Shared Services Centre at the Department for Transport to integrate the human resources and financial services now costs £81 million, a failure in management that the Public Accounts Committee described as a display of “stupendous incompetence”.
And the list goes on