Monday, 10 December 2007

MoD underpays frontline troops

What a smart idea it was of the MoD to order their new computerised payroll system from EDS, the company already responsible for such winners as the Child Support Agency and the Inland Revenue's Tax Credits systems.
It should not come as a surprise then that the new £250million (yes, that's right £250million) pay system has been underpaying the UK's frontline troops for up to five months forcing many servicemen to seek financial support from regiment hardship funds to make up the shortfall.
There must be hundreds of payroll systems available on the market that the MoD could have bought at a fraction of the cost. But no, the MoD wanted its own bespoke system; after all, it had paid consultants who, surprisingly, had told them so.
It didn't want to spend money on providing decent equipment for the guys in the front line; it didn't want to improve the troops' living conditions. Oh no, it preferred to spend £250million on a new computer system that would mean that the civil servants operating it would have to press less buttons and so be less vulnerable to RSI injury!
Well done MoD: £250million for a system that short changes the guys who are risking their lives on the front line!
The Sunday Times: Soldiers are cheated in pay blunder