The right-wing Adam Smith Institute has called on the government to establish an Office of IT headed by a cabinet minister to improve the UK’s e-government strategy.
The think tank says that the government’s current e-government strategy is not led bottom up, but argues that it needs to be to deliver the services that people need. It also notes that there is no sanction against any government department that doesn’t meet targets.
The Institute calls for an Office of IT in its just published report, Rewiring Democracy, written by Andrew Lomas.
The report says the UK is lagging behind the likes of Estonia when it comes to adopting successful e-government policies.
It says that while Estonians are less likely to use computers and on-line services for personal use, they are twice as likely to use them to access government online services than their counterparts in the UK.
The report claims too many quangos are being used to deliver e-government services in the UK, and calls for much of the deployment work to be outsourced.