The Ministry of Defence has wasted nearly £13 billion of taxpayers money since 2010, according to new research released by the Labour party which accuses the government of “failing British troops and British taxpayers”.
The “Dossier of Waste in the Ministry of Defence” found 67 officially confirmed cases of waste funds, funds that Labour claim could have been used to support areas of defence that are already underfunded by the government.
“The Ministry of Defence has blown billions of pounds at the same time as cutting back our Armed Forces,” said Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey.
“The MoD is a uniquely failing department, yet Ministers have taken no serious steps to secure value for taxpayers’ money. This scale of waste is totally unacceptable.”
The opposition has accused the Conservative party of overspending and mismanagement within the Ministry of Defence, with almost £4 billion wasted since Ben Wallace became secretary of state for defence in 2019.
The dossier revealed that cancelled contracts have resulted in waste worth £4.8 billion since 2010, whilst Ministry of Defence projects have overspent £5.6 billion. According to Labour’s research, approximately £64 million was wasted on admin errors alone in the last decade.