The coalition government has claimed it saved £140m in ICT spending since taking office in May 2010 by taking a stricter approach to the deals that are approved within Whitehall.
The figure, part of a combined saving of £5bn the government expects to make this financial year, has been achieved by adopting a more rigorous approach to the sign off given to any contracts put forward, only giving the green-light when proven to be vital.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said that the savings the government was making in all areas was evidence that the government could still deliver while saving money.
"Our new business-like approach to get value for taxpayers' money means we now expect to make £5 billion in cash savings by the time this financial year is out," he said.
"For the first time, like any large business, we now have an effective operations centre at the heart of government - one that will keep delivering savings for the taxpayer year after year."
The government has made much of its intention to reduce IT spending since coming to power, announcing last March that it would look to reduce datacentre use by 35 per cent over five years and reduce duplication on IT contracts.
It also undertook a wide-ranging consultation on the way the government uses major IT suppliers, seeking to break a so-called "cartel" of large suppliers and making it easier for SMBs to supply services to government.
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