Government Procurement Service signs suppliers for PCs and tablets deal

Lenovo and Viglen among companies on £4bn IT hardware framework The Government Procurement Service (GPS) has awarded its long-awaited IT hardware and solutions framework, which has a predicted value of up to £4bn over a maximum of four years. According to the Cabinet Office, the framework is intended to allow the public sector to get […]


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Going beyond the headline savings

Institute for Government ICT report says cost focus must not come at the expense of innovation or expenditure that releases savings. David Bicknell writes Government ICT in the last week has been like waiting for a London bus, with three developments following soon after each other: an Institute for Government critique of the government’s ICT […]


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HMRC ‘challenged’ by real time information timetable

National Audit Office says HM Revenue and Customs needs a strategy for RTI and universal credit The National Audit Office has called on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to set out how its business will be changed by the implementation of real time information (RTI) and universal credit. In its report on HMRC’s performance in […]


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Devon NHS 111 withdrawal raises commercial concerns

2.5 million regional patients seen as benchmark for contractual viability The preferred provider for the NHS 111 service in Devon has confirmed the withdrawal of its bid to provide the service. Devon Doctors cited commercial factors for its decision to withdraw, leading to fears that other providers may find themselves facing similar prospects. It is […]


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Francis Maude: our controlled approach to ICT won’t change

Cabinet Office minister to tell suppliers spending controls and flexible contracts will be a ‘way of life’ Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, will warn ICT suppliers today that spending controls will be a “permanent way of life” and that poorly performing companies will find it difficult to win new government contracts. “Our cross-Whitehall controls […]


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Taskforce bids to make mutuals a mainstream option for public services

Report calls for procurement exemptions for fast-growing mutuals sector A report by the government’s mutuals taskforce has found that the number of public sector mutuals has increased six-fold since 2010, meaning barriers must be overcome to make what the taskforce calls “a burgeoning movement” become “a mainstream option for public service delivery.” In the report, […]


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David Pitchford promises better control of major projects

Major Projects Authority chief says approval processes for big ICT projects will be aligned by the end of 2012 David Pitchford, the executive director of the government’s Major Projects Authority (MPA), has told MPs that the separation of control between HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office over the approval of major ICT projects will be […]


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Francis Maude: no more ICT rip offs

Cabinet Office minister to tell suppliers spending controls and flexible contracts will be a ‘way of life’ Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, will warn ICT suppliers today that spending controls will be a “permanent way of life” and that poorly performing companies will find it difficult to win new government contracts. “Our cross-Whitehall controls […]


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Whittington trust: teleconferencing means quicker discharge rates

North London NHS trust says teleconferencing delivers £150,000 savings a year The Whittington hospital NHS trust is speeding its discharge rates and saving about £150,000 a year by using teleconferencing, according to Jar O’Brien, team leader for Islington’s community rehabilitation services. He said the system, a hosted audio-conferencing service supplied by BT, costs £6,000 a […]


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Government strikes £70m software savings deals with Microsoft and SAP

Deals will dodge planned software licence increases, offer better software maintenance terms and provide licence transferability The government has renegotiated deals with Microsoft and SAP which will deliver combined savings of £70m, largely from discounts which also give users across government greater licence re-use and transferability. Potential savings across the public sector, including maintenance fees, […]


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