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Council to spend £1.5m on new computer system
12:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
COUNCIL bosses have decided to spend £1.5million on new IT systems.
Tendring Council said its current IT infrastructure is five years beyond its intended lifespan and is a majorly limiting its services due to faults and failures.
The council’s cabinet has now agreed to spend the one-off sum – equivalent to about ten percent of the council’s annual budget - on the new system.
The system is aimed at improving services to residents, visitors and with the council’s work with the central government’s Department of Work and Pensions.
Carlo Guglielmi, cabinet member for planning and corporate services, said it would help to make savings with future office consolidation plans through modern working practices such as hot-desking and mobile and home working.
Eleanor McGrath, campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It’s important that Tendring Council can show that they are getting value for taxpayers’ money for this new IT system.
“At a time when budgets are tight local authorities must be able to show that savings will be made in the long term from this project.”