Socitm, the Society of IT Management, has responded to the Public Administration Select Committee’s (PASC) inquiry into the effective use of ICT in government, and described technology policy as “poorly coordinated and governed across government”.


Budget cuts and the push towards the 'Big Society' are focusing local government attention on how to use ICT  to deliver services on a self-service basis.


The Public Sector Network (PSN) could offer huge potential to help deliver budget savings for local authorities and so should be a priority for ICT leaders, says Socitm, the body for Town Hall ICT leaders.


Local government ICT association Socitm has called the Coalition Government’s understanding of the potential of IT to reform public services "encouraging" in the wake of the Comprehensive Spending Review. 


Local government ICT leadership body Socitm  warns that councils are not using the Web effectively enough to make a shift of delivering more services online anything like a possibility. 


Despite global versions of the age of austerity, national and international government IT spending is to grow by 4% in 2010, outstripping average growth for all sectors.  


Socitm, the Society of IT Management, has published a report revealing a “worrying” real-term reduction in the amount local government has spent on ICT since 2006, equating to 19.3%.

More worryingly the report, part of Socitm’s Benchmarking services summary for 2009, has pointed out local authorities have dropped their ICT spend per user by 15.75% in real-terms over the last two years alone.


Socitm, the Society of IT Management, has published a new briefing targeting local authority managers, advising them how to respond to the requirements on open data and transparency being made by the coalition government.


Socitm, the Society of IT Management, has announced John Callan, head of ICT at Liverpool City Council, has joined the CIO Council.

The Council, a Cabinet Office group designed to discuss the progress of realizing the Government ICT strategy, meets quarterly and brings together CIOs and heads of ICT from across the public sector.


In an age of austerity where ICT should be an enabler for wider economic recovery, it’s reassuring to find pragmatists like Dylan Roberts determined to deliver on the mantra of our times: more with less.