Government to save millions on ICT

Published on Thursday, 31 March 2011 09:33
Posted by Scott Buckler

Francis Maude today launched a major strategy for cutting public spending on Government information and communication technology (ICT) by millions of pounds. The Government ICT Strategy also aims to encourage more innovation and small and medium sized enterprise (SME) participation in Government contracts(March 31st)

The strategy sets out how Government will adopt the right methods, policies and skills to ensure that its ICT supports efficient public services.

 

The Government ICT Strategy aims to cut duplication and waste in Government ICT. It sets out how Government will adopt the right methods, policies and skills to ensure that its ICT supports efficient public services.

Francis Maude also announced the appointment of leading digital expert Tom Loosemore to lead work on a prototype for a single Government web domain, as recommended by Government Digital Champion Martha Lane-Fox.

Francis Maude said:

For too long, Government has wasted vast amounts of money on ineffective and duplicate IT systems. We need to ensure that frontline services have the tools to do their job to deliver effective public services.

"We will cut out duplication and wastage by sharing more of our assets across government and using common systems.

"We will end the oligopoly of big business supplying government IT by breaking down contracts into smaller, more flexible projects. This will open up the market to SMEs and new providers.

 

Source: Cabinet office

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