Wednesday 10 March 2021 / 12:01 AM Rachel Reeves

Labour responds to PAC report findings on Test & Trace failures

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, responding to Public Accounts Committee findings that “the unimaginable cost of Test & Trace failed to deliver central promise of averting a second and third lockdown”, said:

“This report reveals how this Government’s outsourced, Serco-led Test and Trace system failed the British people and led our country into restrictive lockdown after lockdown.  

“It underlines the epic amounts of waste and incompetence, an overreliance on management consultants, taxpayers’ cash splashed on crony contracts, all while ministers insist our NHS heroes deserve nothing more than a clap and a pay cut.

“The Conservatives’ wasteful obsession with outsourcing must end and contact tracing should be run by our public health teams.”