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The CBI today commented on the National Audit Office’s report, Information and Communications Technology in government.

Emma Watkins, CBI Head of Public Services Policy, said:

“Making better use of information technology could boost the efficiency of our public services, while reaping big savings for taxpayers.

“There are many good examples of how technology is improving public service delivery. From giving midwives handheld devices so that they can access patient records on the move, to installing emergency alarms in the homes of older people, allowing them to live independently for longer.

“While it’s right to focus on getting value for money from contracts and procurement, imposing a moratorium on IT modernisation could mean we are missing out on the potential benefits that making better use of technology can deliver.”

Notes to Editors:

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

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CBI Press Office on 020 7395 8239, or out of hours pager on 07623 977854, email: press.office@cbi.org.uk. Follow the CBI on Twitter at: www.cbi.org.uk/twitter




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