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IT CCT EFFECTIVENESS QUESTIONED BY EXPERTS

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A leading academic has questioned the effectiveness of the impending IT compulsory competitive tendering, arguing t...
A leading academic has questioned the effectiveness of the impending IT compulsory competitive tendering, arguing that some 'blue-collar services' will be harder for competition to reduce costs, in a feature in The Independent (p23).

Professor Kieran Walsh of Birmingham University's Institute of Local Government Studies said:

'Local authorities have certainly made savings in IT through facilities management agreements. The issue is how much of these savings have been due to the ability of the company to use the equipment more effectively than the local authority could, not simply because they may be better managers but because they are in the private sector.'

There is also a flood of criticism against the compulsory nature of the government's competitive tendering for local authorities, the paper reports.

Roger Marshall, president of the Society of Information Technology Managers, says:

'We have no difficulties with the competition as such: we're happy to be compared with the private sector. What we don't believe will be effective is the compulsory nature of it.'

The society's criticism is echoed by some private contractors too, examined in the feature in The Independent.

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