Schools have no idea of IT spend, says MP

Many local authorities have no idea of how much is being spent on IT within their schools, according to a survey carried out by a Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh.

Many local authorities have no idea of how much is being spent on IT within their schools, according to a survey carried out by a Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh.

Former teacher and member of the Public Accounts Committee with experience of IT procurement Pugh carried out the research of 59 local authorities to establish whether schools were getting value for money from IT.

"Given that a lot of money is going to be spent on IT as part of the Building Schools for the Future project, I am finding out whether schools are getting value for money with IT," said Pugh. "The sums being spent are considerable and will mount."

The findings revealed that 37 of the 59 local authorities questioned did not know how much was being spent on IT within their schools.

He expressed concerns over schools' procurement strategies. "Schools are under pressure to get bright and shiny equipment even if they do not need them," he said

"I think these findings give a worrying example of how this government is wasting millions of pounds of taxpayer's money and is incapable of providing strategic leadership for local authorities in achieving sustained best value," said Pugh.

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