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taxpayers and PS training costs


All businesses, private and public, can gain from appropriate training... but...

... Is it really a good use of taxpayers' money to spend it on some, possibly inappropriate, courses like learning to scribble graffiti or cartooning?

The sums involved *appear* to be in the region of £21,000,000 which may be part of a wider remit.

However, if the money is coming out of the public purse, should it not be restricted to more proven methods of improving productivity?

The directorate in question is ING - which deals with Immigration and Nationality. Not exactly in the news for efficiency...
Euphrosene Labon

3 Responses

  1. Any details
    Where did this information come from?

    I’ve done some work for this organisation and to be frank, nothing would surprise me.

  2. several sources Wayne
    … for example:

    “£21m on Home Office navel gazing- “The Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) is so lost about its role that it hired management consultants at a cost of £21m last year to work out what it is supposed to be doing. The result? A lot of cartoons, some graffiti and various squiggles in what may be one of the most bizarre reports ever seen in Whitehall. Executives were invited to scribble their thoughts on a “graffiti wall” and were divided into five teams that “moved between themed rooms”. They had to imagine time-travelling to 2010 — when the IND would, apparently, be a roaring success — and visualise how they had got there.” (Sunday Times 21.5.06)”


    “The Home Office also revealed that the Immigration and Nationality Directorate spent £21 million on “consultancy support” in 2005-06.

    The figure was disclosed after the IND, with the help of a firm of consultants, produced a bizarre report containing cartoons, graffiti and meaningless squiggles.”

    Google on any one of the keywords and you’ll find various references especially following the daily Home Office soap opera.

    Cheers Euphrosene

  3. and another one…
    Wicca – A Guide To Modern Witchcraft…. led by Home Office staff in Sheffield.

    cf Taxypayers’ Alliance


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