SPA Response to Audit Scotland report on i6


Independent Review highlights good practice in procurement and planning

Responding to today's Audit scotland report on the i6 programme, SPA Chief Executive John Foley said:


"We welcome the independent view of Audit Scotland which highlights that good practice was followed in the planning and procurement of the i6 programme, and that the contractual settlement negotiated by SPA ultimately resulted in no financial detriment to the public purse.


"While policing has no plans to embark again on a single ICT programme as complex and bespoke as i6, there have been a number of improvements made in the last four years that provide greater assurance going forward.


"There is stronger SPA strategic oversight of change programmes, for example on call handling which HMICS has acknowledged as significantly improved. The recent development of a long term strategy for policing will also ensure that operational and service objectives will be more closely aligned to investment priorities and decisions.


"Clearly, there are lessons to learn across the public sector on large ICT projects and we look forward to Audit Scotland's broader findings in May. Developing effective ICT solutions in transforming corporate services and improving operational productivity are central to our long term strategy, and we will ensure that any further lessons are considered before implementation plans are finalised."