The chancellor Alistair Darling is expected to announce savings of £15bn as a result of improved efficiencies in government departments in the Budget later this week, chiming in with calls already raised in the channel for the government to use technology to improve government services.
With little room to manoeuvre in the Budget, the chancellor is tipped to announce measures to increase council house building and a car scrappage scheme to encourage owners of old cars to trade in for new, but also to unveil public spending savings to try and reduce the damage on the billions the government has spent to shore up the economy.
Among those calling for the government to exploit IT more to help cut inefficiencies has been Logicalis, which called on the government to establish a centrally-funded but locally delivered fund of £1bn to unlock IT savings that the services specialist argues can cover the cost of the fund in three years. Those calls were backed by the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm).
There will be many in the channel watching the budget closely later this week not just for details of tax and for the growth forecasts but to see if any of the recommendations from the likes of Logicalis and Socitm have been taken on board.