Shared Information Technology

Why do all Governement Depts need their own IT departments, policies and systems. Why can't many services be shared – one network for communications, one procurement department (do each dept really need to decide what colour of laptop they have), shared data centres etc. etc.

There are probably similar communities/types of dept that could be grouped and procure of delivery their own services on sharded basis = for example why can't all local goverment in a region use the same systems and shared services.

It requires ploiticalk will and proper management – no good if lots of committees take years to get agreement on what they will have – by then the IT worls will have left them behind. Give someone the responsibility to make it happen and tell each dept what they are going to get – i.e. what the tax payer can afford

Why is this idea important?

Why do all Governement Depts need their own IT departments, policies and systems. Why can't many services be shared – one network for communications, one procurement department (do each dept really need to decide what colour of laptop they have), shared data centres etc. etc.

There are probably similar communities/types of dept that could be grouped and procure of delivery their own services on sharded basis = for example why can't all local goverment in a region use the same systems and shared services.

It requires ploiticalk will and proper management – no good if lots of committees take years to get agreement on what they will have – by then the IT worls will have left them behind. Give someone the responsibility to make it happen and tell each dept what they are going to get – i.e. what the tax payer can afford

Reduce Bureaucracy By Reducing Income Tax

Increase the threshold for Income Tax significantly – say to £50,000 p.a and remove most people from the Income tax system – with significant savings in administering income tax. Tax Credits cease to be relevant either.

To replace the revenue increase direct taxation – primarily VAT. There is no consequential increase in the adminstration of VAT as it is collected anyway atthe current rate.

Ensure that essentials are zero rated for VAT ensuring the less well off do not pay the increase.

A tax system then based upon peoples spending and related to whether they can afford it. If you buy the luxuries in life you can afford the tax.

Government should then live within the budget of what the population can afford.

Why is this idea important?

Increase the threshold for Income Tax significantly – say to £50,000 p.a and remove most people from the Income tax system – with significant savings in administering income tax. Tax Credits cease to be relevant either.

To replace the revenue increase direct taxation – primarily VAT. There is no consequential increase in the adminstration of VAT as it is collected anyway atthe current rate.

Ensure that essentials are zero rated for VAT ensuring the less well off do not pay the increase.

A tax system then based upon peoples spending and related to whether they can afford it. If you buy the luxuries in life you can afford the tax.

Government should then live within the budget of what the population can afford.