Angela Waite, president of local government IT directors’ organisation Socitm, has welcomed the promotion of former government CIO Ian Watmore to the head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit.
Socitm had voiced concern 18 months ago on Watmore’s appointment as government CIO, fearing he would overlook the importance of IT in local government, which delivers 80% of public services.
“We are delighted 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 departure. “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,” added Waite.