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Committee condemns failings of BBC initiative

The Committee of Public Accounts condemns the failure of the BBC to implement its Digital Media Initiative (DMI), in the report ‘BBC Digital Media Initiative’ (HC 985).

The DMI programme involved developing new technology for BBC staff to be able to create, share and manage video and audio content from their desktop, using a new online archive.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed by the BBC or work the IT industry, or if you are concerned with value for money of the BBC licence fee, this will be of interest to you.

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Appraisal of Universal Credit hampered by lack of detail from Government

The national roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) was due in October 2013, but problems with IT systems has lead to major changes to the implementation timetable.

'Universal Credit Implementation: Monitoring DWP's Performance In 2012-13’ (HC 1209), looks at how the UC benefit system will work, how much it will cost, and who will develop it.

How does it affect me?

If you work in the benefits sector, if you are currently claiming benfit, or you seeking employment, then this will be of interest to you.

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Supermarkets urged to rethink buy one get one free deals to avoid wasting food

The European Union Committee has urged supermarkets to rethink buy one get one free offers to reduce the amount of food wasted in the UK in ‘Counting The Cost Of Food Waste: EU Food Waste Prevention’ (HL 154).

The report says that the UK wastes 155 million tonnes of food every year, at a cost to business of at least £5 billion.

How does it affect me?

If you are employed in the retail food sector or in the supply of food, or if you are concerned at the level of food wasted by consumers and retailers, this will be of interest to you.

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