So, I’ve been away on annual leave most of this week and my first day back I got hounded to start preparing the blog. I may have mentioned it before but the office gets a little heated when it comes to choosing a topic. A few of us are standing up and shouting about moving into Vlogging but I’m not sure about that. What do you guys think? Would you be interested in seeing an EGB Vlog? After a tense office-wide discussion, we settled on something relevant and decided to look at Government projects and just how badly some of them failed. We got really lucky and found that the Software Advisory Service had already done the leg work and listed the most catastrophic Government Projects and just how badly they went over budget. As an added extra, they’ve included the end cost to you the taxpayer.
7. Department for Transport Shared Services Centre
This project was created to combine the DfT’s human resource and financial services together in a single site based in Swansea. The idea that the cut in administration costs and in the end overall save the taxpayer £57 million. Initially costed at £53 Million, the project overspent by £28 Million coming to a total cost of £81 Million. The Public Accounts Committee’s comments on the reason for such an overspend was due to “stupendous incompetence”.
6. Common Agricultural Policy Delivery Programme
This particular programme was an IT scheme that was to help allocate subsidies to the farming industry. It’s original planned cost was to be £155 Million but due to issues between the three main key bodies, ended up with a £60 Million overspend coming to a total of £216 Million. The cause for the issues, as according to the Public Accounts Committee, lack of consistent priorities between the main bodies. On top of the overspend, the programme ended up delaying payments to farmers as well as incurring penalties from the European Commission.
5. Libra System for Magistrates
The Libra system is a case management system that was created for the Magistrates Court, the project was originally tendered for by Fujitsu for £146 Million. This was the start of an ever-inflating price for the project as before the deal had been signed Fujitsu upped the cost to £184 Million as Fujitsu’s board said it couldn’t support the charging basis of the original bid. 10 months into the project, Fujitsu asked for a higher amount again as they were running a £39 Million deficit on the project. At this point, there were warnings about the financial model used by Fujitsu but the project was too important to let go. This led to a further two quote increased culminating at £389 Million, this was rejected and another company was contracted to fulfil the task.
4. Edinburgh Trams
The Edinburgh Tram project was a seven-year long project to bring a tram route to the city of Edinburgh. The project was projected to cost £375 Million. By the time pen was put to paper the cost had risen to £489 Million and at completion the project has cost £776 Million, this is not including £200 Million in interest costs on a 30-year loan. The project was plagued with issues including contractual disputes, safety concerns and complaints from the local populace.
3. Scottish Parliament Building
Love or hate the design, the Scottish Parliament Building had exponential overspend compared to the original cost of the project. Originally the Scottish Parliament Building was projected to cost only £10 Million but at the end of the project it came to a staggering £414 Million. This was attributed to poor management of the project, especially in fulfilment of costs and the way major design changes were implemented. You think that would be the end of it but figures have revealed that the average repair bill comes to £141,000 per month.
2. NHS National Program for IT
The NHS were looking to create a patient record system to handle the vast swathe of information they have to deal with. This system would have been the largest non-military system IT system to have been created. This system was eventually canned as it was plagued with many issues, the project ended up costing £10 Billion which was £3.6 Billion more than the proposed cost. Out of 169 trusts that the system was to be implemented to, only 13 received a full patient administration system. Though this caused more issues for the NHS as it caused issues for these trusts, prompting The Milton Keynes Foundation to warn others not to use it.
1. Defence Information Infrastructure
The MoD’s Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) is a secure military network user by all branches of the military as well as MoD civil servants. When the project was initially proposed (2005) to Parliament the cost for this project was £2.3 Billion, though a report has shown that even at this juncture they knew the cost would be more than double at £5.8 Billion. By 2008 the programme was 18 months late and had delivered less than half of the project and none of the Secret capability of the system. Part of the blame for the issues came down to a lack of a suitable pilot for the programme.
A lot of money having to be funnelled into projects that have growing issues, or in the NHS’s case thrown down the drain. Many of these programmes could have been partially saved by better management and communications between contractors and departments. This is why we look for top calibre candidates to make sure the government keeps on track. If you think you are up to the challenge of keeping the government in check, send us your CV and we will add you to our database.