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Public Sector body backs Logicalis call for £1bn IT fund

Simon Quicke

The call made late last week by Logicalis for the government to set up a £1bn fund to invest in public sector IT efficiency projects has been backed by the influential Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm).

Public sector body Socitm has added its voice to the idea of pumping money into projects that will unlock cash and efficiency savings in the local government and education.

"The opportunities that can be created by a positive government response to initiatives such as that suggested by Logicalis are significant," stated Socitm senior vice president Steve Palmer.

"All of us, whether public or private sector based, are working to do more and more for less. In the local public sector that is particularly prevalent given the need to move as much resource as possible to the frontline at a time when the pressures on demand led services are growing to unprecedented levels," he added.

Tom Kelly, managing director of Logicalis UK, said that there were real savings that could be realised that would benefit local people as well as those working in the public sector.

"We have been over the moon with the support we have had from Socitm and I have had support and calls from C class people across local authorities and education and we want to build momentum for initiatives that will return things to people at a local level," he added.

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