The budget was announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and according to UK Authority, “online public services, broadband and ‘automated telephony’ got mentions… but there are no unexpected IT announcements.”
- repeated the estimate that putting transactional services online will save £1.2 billion in this parliament;
- said the government will establish “a new multi-agency network to drive the transformation of local public services”;
- promised to reprofile funding for local broadband programmes;
- promised action to tackle IT shortcomings at HMRC.
However, the technology industry feels the government has failed to identify IT as a key driver of economic growth.
According to Matthew Finnie, CTO of cloud company Interoute: “It’s really disappointing that today’s budget speech included no reference to the tech industry…. In today’s internet-focused world, surely there’s no doubt that encouraging our technology industry is absolutely key to economic growth and success? The UK has the ideas, energy and innovation to make the UK a world leading technology centre, but it needs the right support and investment.”
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