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Government CTO Liam Maxwell discusses centralisation

Graham Jarvis | April 29, 2013
In part one of CIO UK's Liam Maxwell interview, the Government CTO discussed the C-level shake-up in Whitehall, G-Cloud and SME vendors. In part two of the series, Maxwell spoke about centralisation, exemplar services and cuts.

"It's not all about driving decision-making from the centre, but it is about better expenditure control and be able to have better relationships with suppliers, and so we don't centralise everything as there has to be a balance between autonomy and centralisation," he says.

"The National Audit Office acknowledges that our ICT reforms and spending controls saved the taxpayer £316 million last year alone, and savings will go north of £400 million this by applying the ICT strategy to what we are doing -- this is folding money, real savings that are independently audited."

In January 2013 the Cabinet Office has said that job cuts will account for 78% of the £1.7 billion savings that its digital strategy will make.

Maxwell says his team is now "focused on the next 400 days to create the digital government services and programmes, and get to the stage where we have helped government departments to become digital exemplars as the future of government isn't about IT because it's about digital technology."

 

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