When James Brokenshire was challenged about the use of Tier 2 migrants, ICT staff and the offshore model for IT development here in the UK he stated that these practises were good for the economy and necessary for the success of IT projects.
When provided with a list of failed projects and asked to provide just one example of such a project that actually worked the response was a stoney silence.
This only goes to show that the Government turns a blind eye to poor business practises that cost tens of billions in wasted public money.
The Scottish CAP system and NHS system are just the latest in a long line of projects that reward failure.
Our letter below…
“Thank you for your letter forwarded from James Brokenshire with respect to Tier 2 visas and Intra Company Transfers
Would you please ask Mr Brokenshire to provide evidence of of the efficiency gains and benefit to the economy that he cites.
To rebut his statement we would offer the following information:
1 – NHS System, cost over £10bn, outsourced, used Tier 2 Migrants and Offshore resources as well as ICTs in preference to UK workers and was cancelled at a cost of over £13bn to the treasury – after making several people very rich
2 – AFRC and DEFRA projects in Scotland and rest of UK have both been outsourced, used Tier 2 Migrants and Offshore resources as well as ICTs in preference to UK workers and both have failed with farmers having to resort to paper forms to submit applications instead of using the requisite systems which have a combined cost of half a billion pounds just for data capture.
Recent reports highlight that neither system is able to process the applications and generate payments – despite having spent a further £1/2bn.
How has this helped the economy? This is currently the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Economic Crime Unit.
3 – Immigration Control IT Systems, outsourced, offshored, Tier2’d and ICT’d and overrun by hundreds of millions of pounds and failed causing riots at Immigration Control
4 – Major Bank IT System – outsourced, used Tier 2 Migrants and Offshore resources as well as ICTs having sacked most of its UK workers.
System failed and was down for nearly two months the first time and two weeks the second time. How did this help the economy?
5 – Transport for Greater Manchester IT System – outsourced, offshored, Tier2’d and ICT’d and now cancelled at a cost of millions of pounds to the treasury.
6 – Gas distribution system – outsourced, used Tier 2 Migrants and Offshore resources as well as ICTs having sacked most of its UK workers and despite instruction from the client that the development was NOT to be offshored.
Failure of the software threatened 1/5 of the gas supply to the whole of the UK. It is our understanding that the client sued the supplier.
7 – DWP System – – outsourced, used Tier 2 Migrants and Offshore resources as well as ICTs – currently failing
It is our argument that far from the use of Tier 2 migrants and ICTs being good for the economy they have cost the treasury around £100bn in wasteful, erroneous, IT follies that have made individuals very rich and have cost the treasury, the tax payer, and UK workers dearly.
Would you please ask James Brokenshire to supply evidence of any Government IT projects that have been delivered on time and within budget where the development has been outsourced, offshored, Tier2’d and/or ICT’d
We believe his statement to be glib and unfounded.”