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Government IT strategy 'lacks local council focus’

Jos Creese, president of Socitm, has welcomed the government's new IT strategy, but says it lacks details on the involvement of local government.

Jos Creese, president of Socitm, has welcomed the government's new IT strategy, but says it lacks details on the involvement of local government.

"I welcome the strategy, which has been some time in coming. In particular, the new emphasis on IT-enabled business change, service efficiency and technology consolidation is very sensible," he said.

"I hope though, that the focus will develop beyond central government to become pan-public services - currently the language is moving away from 'departments' but the examples still tend to be more focused on central government," Creese added.

In a recent submission in response to the Public Administration Select Committee inquiry into IT governance, Socitm said the government's technology policy has previously failed to take into account the concerns of local authorities.

While the CIO council and the CTO Council have brought a degree of coordination, local government is often ignored until technology reaches the implementation stage. This is despite the fact that 60% of government interaction with the public happens at local level, said the body for public sector IT professionals.

The solution to the problem will lie in Socitm's 'Route Plan', developed in conjunction with the Local CIO Council, said Creese. "We need to translate the vision into practical delivery on the ground across the UK."

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