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G-Cloud - Government issues savings statement

Published on 05/05/2012
The UK Government has published numbers on the cost of G-Cloud and Cloudstore and the savings the public sector ICT procurement framework is expected to make.

 

The government reckons G-Cloud and Cloudstore will cost the taxpayer around £4.93m to set up and run, but will eventually save £340m.

 

The project will be funded from the budget of the Cabinet Office, which is led by minister Francis Maude, the MP cheerleading the governments digital agenda.

 

There was no indication of how Maude's numbers on savings were calculated or whether these were estimated over a period of years or were a one-off saving.

 

Neither was there any mention of numbers for the governments policy of open data. Government watchdog, the National Audit Office, last month slammed the governments release of data, saying that the government had not performed any sort of cost/benefits analysis, that the opening of data had actually increased government spending and that the government's policies on open data were all over the map and inconsistently applied.

 

Labour had asked Maude what estimate hed made for the cost of the full implementation of the G-Cloud and Government Application Store.

 

Her Majesty's Opposition also wanted an update on progress in the governments plan to consolidate its data centres, outlined in October last year.

 

According to Maude, that data will be published alongside an ICT Strategy annual update report that is due shortly - it was due last month but has now slipped to the end of May. The ICT Strategy document that it will review was published in March 2011.

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