Feeds

Government waves cutlass at IT budget

Offshoring ahoy!

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Treasury minister Yvette Cooper yesterday announced a plan to look for wide-ranging cost cuts in government budgets.

Martin Read, the government's Chief Information Officer, will look for savings in back office and IT spending. Other strands include collaborative procurement, asset management, sales and property.

Read, ex-CEO of Logica, said the government should look to the private sector for lessons in cutting costs by between 10 and 50 per cent.

Back office functions will be scrutinised, including finance, human resources, administration, legal services, travel services and marketing and communications. It will also look at other corporate services within other agencies like the NHS and local government.

The programme will also look at standardising and simplifying common IT processes, such as finance, in order to reduce costs.

It will attempt to improve the success rate of big government IT projects by better defining projects, running them more efficiently and improving skills of the senior staff in charge. Procurement costs will also be improved. Additionally, the government will extend the use of benchmarking and best-practice standards.

The proposals will be delivered in time for the 2009 Budget. The programme will build on claimed savings of £30bn made by the Comprehensive Savings Review. Yvette Cooper's statement is here. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?
Do Brits risk arrest for watching beheading video nasty? We asked the fuzz
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'
Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue – interim commish
Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report
Man at hardware store was right: name brands DO last longer
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.