WASTE WATCHERS – Day 24: £15 million computer project "a total waste of money"

2011 Ebrill 27 11:42 AM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will expose an example of the waste and inefficiency of Labour and Plaid Cymru in government on each day of the Welsh general election campaign.

Since 2007, the Labour - Plaid Government has spent nearly £15 million on a computer project that is supposed to assist in development and delivery of policy however this expensive project has been branded by senior WAG civil servants as "a total waste of money".

The IDEAS Programme is supposed to improve financial management across the organisation however it has resulted in civil servants criticising the programme stating that it undermines the role of specialists within the civil service and leads to greater inefficiencies. Ed Townsend

Ed Townsend Newport East Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Candidate said:

"Since the initiation of this computer project, £14.2 million pounds has been spent and it is difficult to see where this programme has made significant savings to warrant this great expense.

"When senior Welsh Assembly Government civil servants criticise a project stating that it is a 'total waste of money', government ministers need to listen .

"During the Welsh General Election Campaign the Welsh Liberal Democrats will expose examples of waste and inefficiency of the Labour-Plaid government during their four years in government.

"When every family, charity and business is having to make every pound stretch that little bit further, Wales needs a government that does the same. Labour and Plaid Cymru have turned waste, incompetence and inefficiency into an art form."

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