Labour today vows to scrap the multimillion-pound private deal for Army recruitment and bring the service back in-house.
Speaking ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith committed to axing the deal with outsourcing giant Capita over its failure of to find enough troops for the Forces.
She said Capita’s recruitment contract is failing on every measure.
It is not doing its basic job of recruiting more people to the Army and it is ripping off the taxpayer too.
The next Labour government will take this failing contract back in house and guarantee a better deal for recruits and taxpayers alike.
The pledge to ditch the deal comes after Ms Griffith revealed Labour would review all Ministry of Defence outsourcing contracts.
Capita signed a bumper deal in 2012 to deliver thousands of new soldiers through the Recruiting Partnering Project.
The contract is worth about £44million a year for 10 years and is due to end in 2022.
But Army manpower levels have plunged to 77,000, leaving it 5,000 troops below its 82,000 target.
The last time the British Army was so small was two centuries ago during the Napoleonic Wars, which ended with the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Labour has repeatedly accused Tory Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson of talking tough on the Armed Forces while failing to deliver.
He is locked in a spat with the Treasury and No 10 over pumping extra money into the military.
Donald Trump is expected to rap EU countries for failing to meet a NATO target of spending at least 2% of national wealth on defence at a crunch summit next month.
Britain is one of the few nations to meet the benchmark.
But retired top brass and the powerful Commons Defence Committee have demanded billions more for the Forces.
Labour is committed to spending more on defence while abandoning expensive private contracts to save taxpayers’ cash – starting with Capita’s recruitment deal.
Ms Griffith added I have heard so many stories of potential recruits having problems with IT systems or waiting for months for their applications to be processed.
Frankly, it is just not good enough.
Tory Ministers know about these problems – I have raised it with them on several occasions – but they have decided to stick their heads in the sand and avoid taking decisive action.
Figures uncovered by Labour show that from February 2012 to March 2017, the recruitment contract cost £751.9million compared with estimates of £698.4million.
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