NAO criticises DCMS for mishandling BDUK project


BDUK: A train crash waiting to happen?

The National Audit Office (NAO) is set to publish a report next month that is expected to be highly critical of the Government’s handling of its Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project, reports The report is expected blame the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for mishandling the bidding process. The report could lead to an investigation by the Public Accounts Committee.

The GBP 530 million project was established to rollout superfast broadband to a third of the UK and provide the fastest speeds in Europe by 2015, but has encountered a few problems. The scheme has been criticised mainly for being anti-competitive, as BT has won every single contract for the project so far. BT is currently involved in rolling out broadband for more than 40 local councils.

“[The NAO] is also critical of the structure they have created, [because] it lacks transparency and it lacks competition, so they can’t judge whether there is value for money or not,” a source told the Financial Times“It is certainly a train crash waiting to happen, and that train appears to be accelerating rather than slowing down.”

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