Tories plan £4bn savings with IT spending cuts


Tories plan £4bn savings with IT spending cuts

Simon Quicke

The prospect of cuts to public sector IT programmes if the Conservatives win the election has been revealed by one of the Tories key advisors.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Sir Peter Gershon, the former adviser who is credited with developing the plans for £12bn cuts the Conservative's propose revealed IT spending was in their sights.

The Tories expect reductions in IT spending would produce savings of between £2bn to £4bn confirming some of the concerns that have been circulating since the start of the year.

Research at the educational BETT show in January revealed that most schools were braced for cuts and those selling into the public sector have already reported seeing hesitation about future spending caused by uncertainty over the election.

On BBC Radio 4 this morning David Cameron said that it believed it could make cuts to IT spending and other areas in the public sector without forcing large scale job cuts.

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