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The public sector IT professionals' association (Socitm) has said the sharp cuts in public spending will give IT a stronger role in public services Socitm has released a statement following the publication of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), which cut central government funds by an average of 19 per cent and subsidies to …

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Anonymous Coward

This article makes me wonder ...

if any of these governmental departments has had Redhat or a company like that evaluate the cost of going with their offerings end-to-end.

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Stop

Another special interest group

does some special pleading.

Alternatively we could pay the unemployed to bury all the computers in a large hole and then use the money to employ* more unemployed people to actually provide some service.

*Having sacked the ones that make it their business to tell people not to feed ducks with white bread.

<goes for little lie down>

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Translation

"The government's intention to devolve more to local public services and local government, in particular, presents an opportunity for a paradigm shift in local services delivery powered by ICT to achieve better, properly co-ordinated outcomes for residents and service users at significantly reduced cost."

= They are going to let the Town Hall buy a copy of Excel from PC World rather than implementing a consultant-infested, grand, centralised and ultimately doomed project.

The organisation said its members can help to develop and implement integrated and secure systems for place based budgets and deliver more personalised outcomes for the public.

= We have got some PC World job application forms.

"We can't have ICT-enabled savings, as well as indiscriminately cutting the ICT budget."

= Don't panic. I have a cunning plan.

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Anonymous Coward

Nicely self-serving, as expected

Though how this is going to serve them, now that government seems to've finally caught on it owns a veritable sackload of insanely expensive _failed_ ICT projects, remains to be seen.

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