Departmental IT Spending Set to Rise by 21%

By Conrad, Mark | Public Finance, July 29, 2005 | Go to article overview

Departmental IT Spending Set to Rise by 21%


Conrad, Mark, Public Finance


IT spending by Whitehall departments is set to soar by 21% over the next three years, as the government wrestles with new ways of delivering services while cutting civil service staff.

A study by public sector researchers Kable, published on July 25, estimates that central government departments will spend more than £3.2bn on information and communications technology in 2007/08, compared with £2.6bn in 2004/05.

It is predicted that more than 60% of the 2007/08 spend will be outsourced.

But half (49%) of the Whitehall ICT managers and directors surveyed by Kable believe 'their own IT systems would not allow them to move forward in the future with real confidence'.

Directors have called for a greater understanding of ICT issues across central government, suggesting that even after years of promoting greater understanding of ICT in effective service delivery, many government organisations have still not grasped the concept', Kable reports. …

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