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IT in firing line as chancellor takes axe to public spending

ComputerWorldUK - The government today signalled its intention to slash public sector IT spending in the Comprehensive Spending Review, in a move that will send shock waves through the industry.

Departmental operating savings targets have been doubled to £6 billion, with IT and the back office expected to bear a large part of the cuts. Only two or three areas will see new IT investment, including HM Revenue & Customs, high speed broadband, and a new benefits system.