What today's BBC article didn't say about Capita wasting public money
The emphasis of today's BBC article is completely misplaced! This is shocking. The Beeb emphasises the fact that Capita was fined!
I would emphasise the fact that the fine is so ludicrously small! £46K between May 2012 and November 2013 is an insult to the public purse and the hapless "taxpayer" who coughs up quids to fill this purse!
We all know that the cost of one jeopardised trial alone runs into £10's of thousands per day! And how many of those jeopardised trials is PI4J alone aware of?! 30?! or 300?!
And that is not counting countless adjournments, repeat hearings, delays, extra days in custody etc.
Another misplaced emphasis... The Beeb is saying that Capita was fined £46K. However, nobody is making any fuss out of the fact that last year Capita's contractual terms were improved by the MoJ!
Just think about it! A contractor wins a public contract supposedly after "a rigorous and robust procurement exercise", wins it by offering the lowest bid, and then (without even bothering to cover it up) the contractual terms are increased by the MoJ!
Just think about it again! It flies in the face and drives the proverbial horse and carriage through the fundamental principles of public procurement and nobody utters a word!
Margaret Hodge doesn't even notice this flagrant abuse of the public funds!
The MoJ is so (rightfully and justifiably) complacent that no one will notice (or even if they do, will do nothing about it) this shameless molesting of the public purse that they (the MoJ) don't even bother covering it up!