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NAO report and Common Platform

EDM (Early Day Motion) 898: tabled on 23 February 2023

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes the National Audit Office's report on Progress on the Courts and Tribunals Reform Programme, which identifies numerous areas of concern around the Common Platform case management system, including tens of millions of pounds of financial waste and major problems of functionality and reliability; further notes the NAO's finding that His Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service did not receive sufficient assurance Common Platform was robust before rollout, leading to performance issues, or leave sufficient time to learn from early adopter sites; further notes that thousands of important notifications over a 15-month period failed to send due to system errors, including 35 cases where people were not electronically tagged, while HMCTS recorded 231 critical incidents in eight months affecting users nationally; notes that stakeholders reported the system design made user roles more difficult, with staff finding it stressful to record results of complex cases live in court, while poor software performance and stability led to page timeouts affecting live resulting and other high-risk processes; believes this report validates warnings by the Public and Commercial Services union that Common Platform affects the timeliness and quality of the delivery of justice and causes distress for users, leading to increased staff sickness absence and resignations; applauds PCS members for their ongoing industrial action against Common Platform, with targeted strikes by legal advisers and court associates since October 2022; and calls on the Government and HMCTS to suspend the use of Common Platform until NAO and PCS concerns are fully resolved.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 23 February 2023
Leicester East
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Streatham
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 23 February 2023
Islington North
Osamor, Kate
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Edmonton
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Easington
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Jarrow
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Salford and Eccles
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2023
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Poplar and Limehouse
Amesbury, Mike
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Weaver Vale
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Gateshead
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
City of Durham
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Wansbeck
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Cynon Valley
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Birkenhead
McDonald, Andy
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2023
Middlesbrough
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2023
Leeds East
Whittome, Nadia
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2023
Nottingham East
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2023
Rochdale
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2023
Liverpool, Walton
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2023
Brighton, Kemptown
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 2 March 2023
Ceredigion
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 2 March 2023
Arfon
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2023
York Central
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2023
Liverpool, West Derby

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.