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Socitm welcomes Watmore move

Computer Weekly reporter

Angela Waite, president of local government IT directors' organisation Socitm, last week welcomed the promotion of government chief information officer Ian Watmore to head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit.

Socitm had voiced concern 18 months ago on Watmore's appointment as government CIO, fearing that he would overlook the importance of IT in local government, where 80% of public services are delivered.

"We are delighted that you have proved us wrong," said Waite in an open letter. "You have listened to local government, you have involved us on the CIO Council, and you have welcomed our input into the government's first IT strategy."

Socitm is keen that local government IT does not lose its profile following Watmore's move.

"Naturally we are worried that, with your departure, the E-Government Unit and other government departments do not lose that willingness to incorporate the local government perspective," said Waite.

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