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Brown cites money saving IT projects

Chancellor Gordon Brown has highlighted some of the government IT projects that he says have helped Whitehall beat procurement savings targets.

Issuing his pre-budget report to parliament yesterday (5 December 2005), Brown said £3bn of planned procurement savings had been exceeded by £1bn “a year early”.

The report says the public sector is now on course to hit a £21bn efficiency savings target set last year.

Some of the IT projects said to have helped the government meets its targets include the re-negotiated Department of Work and Pensions IT contract, which Brown expects to deliver average annual savings worth £180m.

A new Probation Service computer system for automating the preparation of court reports is also cited as saving 110,000 hours of probation officer time a year.

Brown also mentioned the Department of Health joint venture company in partnership with outsourcer Xansa, which was set up to manage NHS back office processes.

This move is expected to save at least £15m a year by 2008.

In addition, the Department for Transport has reported it is making efficiency gains of over £350,000 a year through on-line booking of driving tests.

Government CIO Ian Watmore’s Transformational Government strategy which was published last month, and which advocates wider sharing of corporate services was described by Brown as important future savings across the public sector.


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