Government urged to launch £1bn ICT efficiency fund

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Government urged to launch £1bn ICT efficiency fund

Simon Quicke

Logicalis has called on the government to establish a centrally-funded but locally delivered fund of £1bn to unlock IT savings that the services specialist argues can cover the cost of the fund in three years.

The idea comes on the back of growing expectations that a fund to support IT efficiency products will be part of the budget in April as the government continues to spend money to reactivate the economy.

"The UK government is looking to stimulate the economy in bringing forward major capital projects but has so far ignored investment in locally-driven ICT efficiency projects," stated Tom Kelly, Managing Director of Logicalis UK.

The fund would help fund projects in local government and education to speed up the deployment of technology including virtualization and server consolidation, communications infrastructure improvements and updated and more efficient systems.

There are already signs that plans to improve the technology in schools as part of the Building for the Future programme have been speeded up with primary as well as secondary schools getting the investment to improve their ICT.

Earlier this week Ramesys announced that it had landed its first primary school contract as part of the governments Primary Capital Programme in Nottingham. It is provided ICT to a new building that is being built on the site of an old infant school site.

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