Revelations of another major national computer system proving not fit for purpose must produce despair at the inability of one public sector body to learn from the experience of others.
The £7.7 million Common Performance Management Platform (CPMP) system was to enable Scotland's eight police forces to record crimes on the same basis, allowing detailed analysis of the figures that would identify best practice. It received £5.37m from a Government fund to improve efficiency and was projected to produce efficiency savings of more than £30m by 2010. Two years on, it has been consigned to the scrapheap after six years of work.
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