Socitm: Local Authorities Spend just 2.4% of Budget on IT
Interesting new evidence on the state of IT spend in UK local government has just been released by Socitm (the society for IT practitioners in the public sector).
Given the high priority currently being attached to the digital transformation of public services, it is surprising to note that UK local authorities are spending just 2.4% of their overall budget on IT. This includes spending on cloud services and compliance.
While this represents an increase from 2.1% in 2015, it remains small in terms of the scale of the digital challenge facing local government.
Other findings include:
- A majority (56%) of the organisations surveyed continued to use outsourcing agreements, with 32% being in some kind of shared service agreement.
- Use of BYOD (‘Bring Your Own Device’) and the cloud are far from universal – 56% and 65% respectively.
- Little effort is being invested in ICT training, with an average of just 0.59 days per user.
Based on this evidence, it would appear that there is still a long way to go before the digital transformation of public services becomes a reality.