Hampshire County Council slashes IT budget by £1m

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Hampshire County Council slashes IT budget by £1m

Kathleen Hall

Hampshire County Council will slash its IT costs by £1m in a bid to meet cost savings targets.

The council has to find £55m in cost savings over the next year and said it has already been developing a programme to transform the way it delivers services so that it can do more for less.

Ken Thornber (pictured), leader of Hampshire County Council, said, "There can be no debate over whether or not we make cuts, the withdrawal of government funding to meet the national debt leaves us without that choice; the issue is how we face up to these financial challenges, while laying strong foundations for the difficult years

Jos Creese, Hampshire's CIO recently told Computer Weekly the council was conducting a trial of staff using their own smartphones to access corporate systems. Such a move could save organisations money in hardware costs, he said.

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