We anticipate a few more recriminations over the abject performance of the Welsh government's Genesis Wales 2 scheme which, according to press reports, has failed in its aim of helping 20,000 people find work or get qualifications.
It is claimed that about half that number took part in the £36 million EU funded scheme and that only 7% of them found work.
While opposition AMs are regurgitating the usual verbiage about “lessons needing to be learned”, local government sources were last night insisting that the shortcomings were a result of intransigence by Cathays Park apparatchiks. The claims are that WG staff insisted on large chunks of programme development work being outsourced to small companies in order to comply with other associated but different economic development policy targets.
The result of an attempt to kill two birds with one stone, say pissed-off council providers, is that the Welsh government ended up with a dead duck.