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Budget must address lack of funds to fight e-crime

The IT industry is hoping for more money to fight computer crime and extra tax relief for training when chancellor Gordon Brown...

The IT industry is hoping for more money to fight computer crime and extra tax relief for training when chancellor Gordon Brown announces his pre-Budget report later this week.

Philip Virgo, strategic adviser to the Institute for the Management of Information Systems, called for the police to be given more money to fight the growing threat of computer crime.

"Computer crime budgets are less that a tenth of the amount the Association of Chief Police Officers has predicted is needed to do the job properly," he said.

"A significant proportion of all crimes involve digital evidence but less than 1% of officers have been trained to handle it. Less than 100 can analyse it and present it in court."

Virgo also called for 100% tax relief on recognised training.

The Federation of Small Businesses called for the government to reintroduce the 100% first-year capital allowance on IT expenditure, which was scrapped in the last Budget.

Intellect, the IT suppliers' body, wanted more generous tax incentives for research and development. "Industry urges the chancellor to move the tax credit rate closer to the international average of 10%," said Tom Wills-Sandford, campaigns director at Intellect.

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