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Metropolitan Police computer system 10m over budget

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The IT system is 10m over budget with no exact launch date set

A new computer system at the forefront of a bid by the Metropolitan Police to save cash is running six months late and £10m over budget.

Bosses of London's police force planned to spend £38m on the IT system for its human resources department.

But the project, planned to save £15m a year, is now expected to cost £48m and to launch in the second half of 2010, although no exact date has been set.

The system will provide staff with a single contact point, 24 hours a day.

"The original go-live date was provisionally forecast to be December 2009 but the technology is not yet fully developed," said a Met spokesman.

"The revised budget was agreed in 2009. The total programme will cost £48m, delivering annual savings of £15m," he added.

"The project plan has been fully discussed and agreed with all parties, including the Metropolitan Police Authority."

The Met employs more than 52,000 people and the new system is expected to lead to a reduction of 330 of the human resources staff.



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