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IPA annual report on major government projects shows improvements

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority has published the fourth annual report into the government's most significant projects.

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The government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has published its annual report on major projects for 2015 to 2016. This is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to demonstrate progress towards completing major projects and to show how it spends taxpayers’ money to improve the public services they rely on most.

The IPA was created when Infrastructure UK and the Major Projects Authority merged in January 2016. It provides central oversight by supporting departments, standardising assurance for ministers and providing transparency for taxpayers. It is the government’s centre of expertise for project development, financing, assurance and support.

The government has made significant progress on crucial projects that will improve transport, security and public services across the country. We have also successfully completed a number of projects during the last year. Projects which left the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) include major change programmes such as Electricity Market Reform and IT services such as Spine 2 which provides the critical infrastructure on which vital NHS applications depend. Less than 1% (0.25%) of the total value of all projects is rated red. However this does not mean that a project cannot be completed successfully, if prompt action is taken to address the main issues.

Tony Meggs, Chief Executive Officer of the IPA, said:

This year’s report details progress made on government’s largest and most challenging projects and programmes. The report provides clear evidence of the beneficial effects of project oversight through the Government’s Major Project Portfolio. Progress remains steady, but there are still too many projects which remain in the low delivery confidence range for too long.

We have a number of initiatives under way which are designed to improve performance over time including an increased focus on early intervention, a new performance measurement framework, continued development of the project delivery capability in government, and establishing and supporting a peer group for departments engaged in transformation projects. These initiatives will help us to ensure that taxpayer’s money is wisely spent.

Published 7 July 2016