Councils Wasting Millions on Expensive Tech

Research suggests UK councils are wasting millions by not using the government's digital marketplace.

The councils are said to be wasting their money on IT services they could buy much cheaper through the government's G-cloud framework.

In the financial year of 2012-13 county councils spent nearly £440m on IT services including staffing costs. Only a mere £385,000 was spent through the G-cloud framework.

The 'G-cloud initiative' was launched in 2012 and aims to shave £120m a year off the public sector IT bill. The plan is to do this by encouraging all public sector bodies to buy IT products and services through the government's 'Cloud Store' digital marketplace.

According to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, the cloud services are "quicker, cheaper and more competitive" with some tech companies estimating the services are 25%-60% cheaper than traditional long term IT contracts.

The findings were discovered after IT service Bull Information carried out Freedom of information requests on all 27 UK councils.

Andrew Carr, Bull Information's UK and Ireland chief executive said: "We think these findings are hugely disappointing and quite shocking.

"By sharing infrastructure costs and moving to the cloud, county councils could take 20% to 25% out of total IT costs - they're wasting millions not doing this."

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