Friday, June 23, 2006
Nanny Gives Crapita £100M
Nanny has special friends, on whom she likes to lavish her largesse and favours. One of those special friends is the ever popular, and much respected, Crapita.
Nanny decided to waste £100M of our money on her much vaunted, yet inept and useless, reward card scheme designed to encourage teenagers to attend school.
Whatever happened to a sound beating instead, as a means of "encouraging" attendance?
It could have paid for more than 3,300 new teachers, 250,000 laptop computers or replenished understocked school libraries with 10 million new text books.
Anyhoo, the £100 million was wasted on the Connexions Card, which has now been axed. However, not all was wasted; £66M of this went to Crapita, who ran the scheme.
Nick Seaton, the chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said:
"Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has ended up
in the coffers of the Government's friends at Capita because of this gimmick.
This money would have been much better spent in schools and colleges
on raising basic standards,
so that pupils have the necessary levels to continue with education."
The Connexions Card was launched by Nanny's Department for Education and Skills six years ago. It was designed to give 16 to 19 year olds an incentive to stay on at school by giving them "loyalty points" that they could exchange for discounts on CDs, clothes and tickets for events.
Needless to say, Nanny was warned that her daft scheme was utter bollocks. However, being a person never to listen to facts, Nanny continued to back the scheme; even though there was no evidence that it had improved teenagers' motivation, or led to more staying on.
In fact, less that 4% of teenagers had redeemed points with the card. Just 54,788 had used it by the end of 2004, fyi the target was 1.7 million.
Whilst the scheme was failing, Crapita made £66M and (under the contract) is due to receive a further £41M.
Nice work if you can get it!