Projects report finds fewer outliers

The number of major projects on track to be delivered on time and to budget has fallen from 32 to 17 over the year, while the number of projects in serious danger of failing has fallen from eight to four, according to new figures from the Major Projects Authority (MPA).

By Winnie.Agbonlahor

28 May 2014

The MPA’s annual report, released last week, finds projects bunching towards the centre ground, with increases in the number rated ‘amber/green’, ‘amber’ and ‘amber/red’.

One project that has slipped from amber to red is the Department of Health’s programme to extend N3 – a broadband service connecting all NHS organisations. DWP’s Universal Credit scheme, rated red last year, is the only project to be given a ‘reset’ instead of a traffic light rating – a move the Institute for Government referred to as “disappointing” and leading to a lack of comparison.

The MPA this year examined 199 projects worth £488bn, compared to 191 worth £354bn last year.

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