The government could save #35 billion by increasing the use of IT and privatising sections of the civil service, according to a report published last week by ICL and the Fabian Society, the left-wing think tank.
The Fabian Society's Discussion Paper number 38, entitled Information Age Government: Delivering the Blair Revolution, calls for radical reform in the management of government.
The report recommends the appointment of a Minister for Reinvention who would be responsible for providing a constructive focus for optimising the application of effective IT across government departments. The paper argues that Britain remains one of the few developed countries without such a focus.
The report was written by Liam Byrne, a former adviser to Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson, now Minister without Portfolio. Byrne concludes that without such a radical re-engineering of government, the Prime Minister's social programme is doomed to failure.
Richard Stokes, managing director of ICL Government, welcomed the paper.
"This is an exciting policy initiative for reinventing government," he said. "Liam Byrne's recommendations fit well with the practicalities explored in The Informed Society (ICL's response to the government's green paper on electronic government, government.direct)."
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