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COUNCILS URGED TO FORGE PARTNERSHIPS WITH PRIVATE SECTOR TO REDUCE ONLINE COSTS

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The North East regional branch of The Institute of Directors (IoD NE) is urging local government to seek effective ...
The North East regional branch of The Institute of Directors (IoD NE) is urging local government to seek effective e-partnerships with the private sector, in order to ensure the efficient delivery of online services.

The call follows the publication of a critical Forrester report that concludes that the government's current strategy for utilising e-technology is risking a possible saving of£3.7bn in expenditure.

After an extensive study of 14 government agencies, the report recommends that the best way forward is for government to forge closer partnerships with the private sector.

Ian Dormer, regional chairman of IoD NE, believes that local government agencies could also benefit from opening up business processes and working closer with the private sector.

Ian comments: 'The research highlighted that government agencies are currently suffering from gaps in knowledge and understanding in the delivery of online data and financial transactions. This is jeopardising the successful implementation of innovative services which could make government more efficient.

'It would seem that a successful e-strategy would not only bring down costs and allow for greater expenditure on improving base-level government services for the consumer, but also create a commercial market in which the skills of the growing IT sector in the region are fully utilised.'

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