Revealed: How mandarins lost £5.5bn of your money on failed schemes from crashing drone to useless computers and plane tickets for asylum seekeers : Daily Mail.

  • Waste of £87 per second revealed by Whitehall loss list for sums over £300,000
  • Almost £2million wasted on flights for failed asylum seekers that were cancelled
  • £626,000 was lost when officials double-paid a £10 Christmas benefits bonus
  • NHS spent £115million on medicines that went out of date – amid funding crisis 

Whitehall blunders have cost taxpayers £5.5billion in two years.

Ministers and officials blew £87 a second on failed projects and compensation payouts. The cash was enough to train 100,000 nurses or 9,000 doctors.

Almost £2million was squandered on deportation flights for failed asylum seekers that had to be cancelled because of a court ruling.

The Ministry of Defence wrote off almost £2billion – including £11million on two RAF drones that crashed during testing. Stock image of an Army drone

The Ministry of Defence wrote off almost £2billion – including £11million on two RAF drones that crashed during testing. Stock image of an Army drone

Another £626,000 was wasted when officials double-paid £10 Christmas bonus payments to benefit claimants. The Ministry of Defence wrote off almost £2billion – including £11million on two RAF drones that crashed during testing.

Health chiefs lost £115million on medicines that were out of date.

The figures, which cover the two years to last March, were calculated from analysis of the accounts of Whitehall’s 20 departments. They come at a time when public services are being cut and council taxes hiked to tackle a social care funding crisis.

The Whitehall loss list covers sums of £300,000 or more – the threshold that triggers an official explanation of what the cash went on.

The biggest money-waster was the MoD, which also splashed out £22million on a botched deal to repair RAF Typhoon jet engines.

The Department of Health wasted £1.1billion, Work and Pensions just under £1billion and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills £601million. ‘These shocking figures underline the importance of making sure that departments spend taxpayers’ money properly and wisely,’ said Charlie Elphicke, a Tory member of the House of Commons public accounts committee.

‘They must remember that this money belongs to hard-working people and it is vital every penny is dealt with carefully.’

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: ‘The Government are cutting services and programmes that affect people across the country to save money and yet they are wasting taxpayers’ cash like this.

‘We have a social care crisis, an NHS on the brink and we can’t pay for things like meals on wheels, yet we are chucking cash down the drain like this.

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7 thoughts on “Revealed: How mandarins lost £5.5bn of your money on failed schemes from crashing drone to useless computers and plane tickets for asylum seekeers : Daily Mail.

  1. I would question the figures for the wastage under the DWP.
    In this article it claims the wastage for the DWP was “just under £1billion”
    However in 2015 the National Audit Office published a stocktake of incorrect payments by the DWP, reporting that £4.6 billion had been overpaid to claimants while a further £1.6 billion had been underpaid. £1.6 billion has been put down to fraud.
    So the wastage by the DWP is nearer to £3 billion, not £1 billion…

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  2. just one comment… about the mention of meals on wheels. these cost more than buying from Wiltshire farm foods frozen meals. i was redirected by our council a few years ago to Wiltshire farm foods for this reason (plus the fact that you get what your given regardless of diabetic or other diets.or if you can eat curry etc or not.)..after coming out of hospital and needing these for a short time. the recipient pays for these meals.they are not provided free. and if they cost more to the recipients they cant be subsidised surely?

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  3. Taxmen overpay themselves £22m: Officials chase down after their own colleagues to try to get the cash back.
    Blunders added up to £1.4million – or an average of almost £5,600 extra each.
    It emerged Whitehall waste has cost taxpayers at least £5.5billion in two years.
    It leaves HMRC workers having to chase their own colleagues and ex-employees.
    Bungling tax inspectors overpaid themselves £22million over the past decade, it has emerged.
    In the 2015/16 financial year alone, the salary blunders added up to £1.4million – or an average of almost £5,600 extra for each staff member.
    The overpayments at the taxpayer’s expense – revealed by a Freedom of Information request – came after it emerged Whitehall waste has cost taxpayers at least £5.5billion in two years.
    It leaves HM Revenue and Customs workers having to chase their own colleagues and former employees for the extra cash. Last night one MP described the mistakes by HMRC as ‘incredible’ and said it must claw back the money without delay.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4225726/Taxmen-overpay-22m.html#ixzz4YjUenSuw

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