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Projects will always be over-budget if managed retrospectively
A Public Accounts Committee report warns that poor data & increasing complexity are undermining Parliament's ability to hold the Government to account.  It also finds there are ‘too many examples’ of departmental Accounting Officers allowing projects & initiatives such as funding to the charity Kids Company ‘to proceed unchallenged, despite strong evidence of poor value for money’.  The Committee describes a lack of cost & performance data across government as a long-standing problem, weakening the ability of Accounting Officers "to hold delivery bodies to account and intervene effectively where required".
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