Yesterday we received a nice letter from the child benefit people apologising for the cock up with losing the data of 25 million individuals or 7.25 million families.
Which is completely bloody pointless.
Is there anyone amongst the 7.25 million families who aren't aware of the huge mess this has landed HMR&C in? Maybe a family that's been on a visit to relatives in the Amazon? Or for those holidaying on the moon perhaps?
But what does amaze me is the sheer scale of the expense that HMR&C have just gone to to apologise for something we all knew about anyway.
7.25 million families.
All receiving letters.
2nd class franked post. I have no idea what that costs, assuming that HMR&C get a sizeable discount from the post office. Maybe 15p each?
That is a frankly staggering 1.08 MILLION POUNDS.
All spent from taxpayers money just to tell us information that we already bloody knew about anyway.
Incompetence and stupidness just doesn't cover it.