Ministry of Defence wrote off £450m last year – enough to pay for 13,000 nurses


The MoD wrote off almost £450million last year in ditched projects, lost kit, accountancy wrangles and training accidents.

The huge sum would pay a year’s salaries for 13,409 nurses or 12,099 classroom teachers.

The biggest drain was scrapping hundreds of hi-tech armoured carriers, £231million.

A Land Equipment Fleet Optimisation Programme means old Mastiff, Ridgeback and Wolfhound carriers – almost £500,000 new – will go.

The next highest write-off was cutting back the RAF’s fleet of Sentry spy-in-the-sky surveillance aircraft – at a cost of £147million. In 2016 the six-strong Lincolnshire-based fleet – which was used against ISIS in Syria and Iraq – was grounded by an electrical fault.



vaccine
The money lost could have paid for more than 13,000 nurses for a year

Another £21.6million loss was linked to the sale of the mine hunter HMS Quorn to Lithuania. Five drones crashed – costing £6million – while a flop IT system and duff software swallowed up £4.5million.

A power outage ruined medicines worth £1.9million, sonar equipment went missing, losing £791,000, and a damaged missile pod cost £640,000. A VAT error shed £843,000 – and £680,000 bill was unpaid by a third party supplied with fuel.

Danielle Boxall, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It is shocking. It’s time officials cut waste and showed more discipline with the public purse.”

The MoD said: “We are committed to delivering value and have strengthened our processes including training, specialist finance staff and better technology.”





READ SOURCE

READ  Brexit trade talks 'a different ball game' to Canada's agreement with EU, Boris Johnson warned

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here