There is a saying, spend a little and get a lot, I suspect it’s about investing time in a project, not money, but it’s sadly something that our wonderful tax grabbers people seem to have forgotten.
Tax man spent £98m but failed to collect extra revenue
A public spending watchdog has found two projects costing £98 million that were set up to boost tax collection rates failed to help rake in any extra cash.
The new systems at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) were expected to bring in £743 million by the last financial year but had not delivered ”any additional benefits”.
In a report on tax compliance, the National Audit Office found delays in introducing the two case management schemes, Caseflow and Spectrum, were behind the failure.
It states: ”The delays in delivering projects meant that HMRC has not delivered the forecast yield increases as quickly as intended.
”Two projects – Caseflow and Spectrum – received £98 million of programme funding and were originally forecast to achieve net yield increases of £743 million by 2010/11.
”At the end of 2010/11, the two projects had not delivered any additional benefits.”
Nobody likes paying tax, to many of us a lot of what the government both local and national seem to do with our money is piss it up the wall on various grandiose projects that cost far more than they ought too and take twice as long, either that or they are giving it too themselves as expenses or jetting off to various holiday destinations on fact finding junkets (only a slight exaggeration there) People only really put up with the levels of taxation in this country because it’s money they never really see, it’s taken off our wages before we get them.
Still, what we would like is that the various people tasked to spend what they take from us would show a duty of care on what they spend it on, not simply spend it and then turn around and ask for more because it didn’t work. I have a friend, who works for the IT project dept of the Dept of Social Services, smart guy, but the tales he tells me occasionally boil down to senior management ordering a specified system and then turning around once it’s in and complaining that it doesn’t do what they want it too, to which the reply is usually “It does what you asked” after that the money really flows as the sub-contractor rake it in to rebuild the system and the software to do what it’s meant to do rather than what some guy who doesn’t actually use it thinks it should do.
Any given program costs more and takes longer ought to be the civil service motto, it certainly appears that way in real life.
It’s possible I suppose that when they finally get the two projects sorted out that they’ll start to make take save more by collecting more, though I wouldn’t lay odds on it.
I just wish that for once that the government and hence the civil service would just do their job efficiently and cheaply.
I expect that pigs will fly first.