Government IT to be key election battleground

The government should scrap its £16.5 billion annual expenditure on centralised databases.

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The government should scrap its £16.5 billion annual expenditure on centralised databases.

These systems often do not work properly and also have serious privacy implications, according to a high level report, according to a new paper from the right-of-centre Centre for Policy Studies.

The report’s publication, days after Conservative leader David Cameron launched a scathing attack on the Labour government’s databases, is another sign that multi-billion pound IT projects, are likely to become an election battleground.

The new report, It’s Ours: Why we, not government, must own our data, argues the government does not understand IT or how to manage IT projects, with 70 percent failing.

The government was ill advised in its pursuit of “huge, expensive centralised databases which attempt to direct public services to the point of need as judged by the state”, it said.

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