Wednesday, December 06, 2006

£89.1m down the plughole

We seem to be in a facts and figures mood here at ARCH today. (Perhaps we should put it to good use and get on with the companies house return? eeurghh)

The disastrous Connexions Card scheme for young people (dreamed up by government, run by Capita) was finally scrapped earlier this year when it became apparent that take-up of this 'incentive' scheme for learning was a mere 3.7%.

Yesterday's PWAs included the following:

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the total lifetime contract cost of the Connexions scheme contract with Capita. [107146]

Mr. Dhanda: It is estimated that the total lifetime contract costs of the Connexions Card scheme will be £89.1 million (of this £83.1 million relates to payments to Capita Business Services Ltd.)

Or to put it another way, it has cost about the same as the wages bill for 500 social workers or teachers over the same 5-year period.

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