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Better use of government tech 'could save UK £24bn a year'

CRN - The UK could save £24bn every year if the public sector adopted new technology to a similar extent as the private sector does, according to new research from an independent think tank.

In its Technology Manifesto report, the Policy Exchange (PE) urged political parties to place greater emphasis on technology in their election campaigns next year, insisting that it is the "foundation on which the UK's economic future will depend".

The document lays out policy recommendations to improve technology for individuals and business as well as within the government and public sector.

..."Electronic purchasing, based on open standards, should be the default for government departments," it added. "Government is a major purchaser but is not as nimble as it should be. A widely adopted electronic platform for government buying could significantly lower prices and reduce bureaucracy."