ref date:16 Aug 2000 (ECON)
500 million pounds in benefits wasted by government
Technically backward Westminster was persuaded by equally ignorant private sector lobbyists to try and introduce semi-smart magnetic strip Social Security cards
to fight fraud and save time and hence SS employees costs- IT FAILED
at a cost of almost 500 million pounds ($750 million) in tax payers money that could have gone to the needy instead.
Now the Scottish government needs to sue the ICL subsidiary "PATHWAY" to get the
money back for breech of contract and give that money to the needy Scots
social security budget. This is the first good example of public tax
money being squandered by a private finance initiative cock-up.
It may still be a good idea to do this and perhaps if the government does not fall foul of
European Convention on Human Rights privacy law, a smart JAVA chip solution
similar to American Expresses "Blue" COULD BE USED INSTEAD... but that would require
technically able people to implement it.....