The decision to scrap paper tax discs from British cars cost the government more than £400m in its first year of the experiment in moving bureaucracy online.

Vehicle tax revenue figures obtained by the Financial Times with a freedom of information request show tax revenues fell following the abolition of the 93-year-old paper tax disc system in October 2014. The overhaul, which cost £1m, was intended to save £10m in administrative costs.

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  1. I suppose any change has its start up and possible opportunity costs. A loss in the first year may have been anticipated by the planners of this initiative. How different from the anticipated savings/loss is this figure?
    Without knowing that, this figure of -£400m, although of interest, is difficult to evaluate!

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