According to a recent ComRes report, councils in England and Wales feel that they will need to rely more heavily on technology to deliver services over the coming 12 months, as a result of public sector spending cuts. The study was commissioned by technology trade body Intellect and it revealed that 70% of councillors feel that technology will play a greater part in their ability to deliver various services this year. In addition, 84% said that their local authority is open to new ways of employing technology to improve efficiency.
This could see a number of tech projects given the green light and will therefore represent a huge opportunity for IT contractors. Chief Operating Officer of Intellect Charles Ward said, “Technology is a powerful tool that can be used to help local authorities to tackle this dual challenge of achieving cost savings while improving the way services are delivered. It is really encouraging to see that local councillors are aware of the potential that technology offers to solve the problems.”