November 3, 2009 2:00 am
A Home Office IT project that is running at least three years late, is costing well over double its original estimate and that will now not deliver what was promised has been "a shambles", Edward Leigh, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee said yesterday.
The project to provide a single offender management system covering both prisons and probation was originally expected to cost £234m and be operational in January last year.
It was stopped in August 2007 after costs had trebled, and had now been replaced by three separate databases that were expected to cost £513m and be delivered in 2011, parliament's spending watchdog said.
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