Magazine article Public Finance

DfT's Shared Service Failure Costs £81M

Magazine article Public Finance

DfT's Shared Service Failure Costs £81M

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Taxpayers will have to find ?81m to cover the 'stupendous incompetence' of the Department for Transport following its failure to implement plans for its shared service centre, a senior group of MPs said this week.

The Public Accounts Committee said that the DfT's 'accelerated' plan to share corporate services with its seven agencies had led to a 'lamentable' result in terms of spiralling costs, inadequate procurement implementation and delay.

PAC chair Edward Leigh said: "The Department for Transport planned and implemented its shared corporate services project with stupendous incompetence. This is one of the worst cases of project management seen by this committee. This was an efficiency drive aimed at saving ?57m by 2015. It now looks like the taxpayer will have to stump up ?81m to pay for it'

The plan was for the central part of the DfT and its agencies to be sharing services in Swansea by April 2008. …

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