Tory election win could slow gov't IT spending

An analyst report says a Conservative election win would mean public sector IT spending would slow down more than under a continued Labour administration

A Conservative victory in this year's general election is likely to slow the growth in government IT spending more than a continued Labour administration, according to an analyst report.

The report, published by TechMarketView on Monday, says that under a Conservative government, spending on software and IT services by the public sector will grow by an average of just 0.8 percent each year from 2008 to 2013, compared to 2.9 percent under a Labour government.

Public sector IT spend

Public sector IT spend as a percentage of the overall value of the software and IT services market in the UK
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Even a 2.9 percent growth rate would be below the healthy annual rise in public sector IT spending growth that took place from 2000 to 2010, with public sector spending expected to account for 28 percent of the overall value of the IT market in the UK this year.

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