Call for Government database on Olympic Costs

I am making a
call for the government to set up a public access database showing the costs of
Britain hosting of the Olympic Games in 2012.
 

I am going to
write to Tessa Jowell, outlining why I believe that the only way she can
possibly gain public support for taxes to be used to pay for this, is if the
public have complete faith that the money being spent is being used properly. 

One of the
problems is that the public don’t believe that government is capable of
handling such a large project, and costs have risen on almost a weekly basis.

The latest shock
use of our money is a £400 million charge for a “delivery partner to
exercise cost control”. 

Every penny of
the costs involved in our nation hosting these Olympic games should be open to
public scrutiny.  Not after the event,
but during the planning, building and delivery of all of the Olympic
facilities, including any ‘consultants fees’.

This database
must be made available, clearly showing spend to date, contracts awarded, cross
referenced to those contracts, consultants fees, cross referenced to the
consultants, their contracts and what is expected of them, and where ‘incidental
costs’ are shown, a full breakdown of those costs and who receives them.

This Database
must be kept up to date in real time, so that we can see the spend as it
happens. 

Not a single part
of this Database must be allowed to be exempt from the Freedom of Information
Act, it must be totally transparent showing absolutely everything.

Only then will
the British public feel that this government and its ministers does not have
its fingers in this part of the public pie, either directly or indirectly.

 

We must also
insist that contracts being drawn up with suppliers for this monumental project
must include ‘fixed price’ clauses which include no amendments availability for
inflation.  They should have made
allowance for inflation in their original bid, like any other businessman.

Contractors must
not be allowed to bid low to win the contract, knowing that they can make up
the money with change requests.  This is
the norm for government IT projects, and must not be allowed during the Olympic
Games project. 

Severe financial penalties
must be included to deter Contractors bidding, knowing that they cannot fulfil
those contracts without asking for extra funds.

We must also
insist that failure to meet gateway reviews will result in the contract with
that particular supplier being cancelled, not renewed as is the case with the MoD
contract
for the MoD's defence Information Infrastructure (
DII) project. 

By spending vast
amounts on hiring consultants to manage your cost controls, you are admitting that
government is not fit for purpose. By initiating a database of this kind, you
wont have to spend £400 million on cost control, the public will do that for
free.

If the government
wants to build databases, this is the kind of database that we want to see, and
display true open government.  If you
dare.

 

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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