That figure was one those bits of information which came across my desk this week. I think it worth sharing. This is just another consequence of the decision of the SNP to withdraw their support for the outsourcing project.
In November I reported that the first batch of outsourcing had been rejected losing efficiency savings of £72m. The second tranche of savings rejected in January amounted to just under £50m, again largely contractually guaranteed. And the process cost £4.25m as well.
Now we know that a further missed opportunity is the loss of 411 apprenticeships over the next seven years. That is 58 apprenticeships per year. What a scandalous wasted opportunity. Scandalous!