Sunday, March 09, 2008

Department of Work and Pensions: poor IT record

Department for Work and Pensions IT projects are running a total of 21 years late and £315m over budget, according to figures revealed by the Liberal Democrats.

One project, the Pensions Transformation Project, which aims to improve customer service and deliver efficiencies is running £169m over budget.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Vince Cable said:

“These figures confirm that Government IT projects are an utter shambles.

“Ministers seem completely incapable of delivering workable IT systems on time and on budget.

“Given the Government’s appalling track record on computer projects, it is essential that a full investigation is launched into this and other overruns.

“Gordon Brown is living in a dream world if he thinks larger IT projects like ID cards are going to be any different.”
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