Sweating IT assets the response from cash strapped councils


Sweating IT assets the response from cash strapped councils

Simon Quicke

Mobile working and redesigning existing methods of working are the most popular responses from local government to the savage cuts they are facing in budgets.

According to a survey of local government and social housing service directors carried out at Civica's recent annual conference the idea of doing more with less is the mantra of those coping with reduced cash for IT investment.

Already shared services are emerging as councils start to pool resources in an effort to make the pounds stretch that little bit further but when quizzed about favoured cost-saving measures 63% believed process re-design would deliver results and 61% were looking to trim costs through the promotion of more mobile working.

A quarter of respondents believed that when it came to IT investment this year the priority was to squeeze more out of the existing infrastructure.

Shared services was seen as a popular way of responding to the funding crisis and already some councils in West London have made that move to consolidate some services across different boroughs.

"This is a crunch year for councils and their partners. The growing acceptance of new service channels, shared resources and managed services, plus a willingness to use existing technology platforms to reinvent service options, shows a clear drive for innovation within very tightly constrained budgets in the public sector," said Bill Loughrey, managing director of Civica's local government division.

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