UK county councils could be “wasting millions” on IT services they could buy more cheaply through the government’s central digital marketplace, research suggests.

In the 2012-13 financial year, county councils spent nearly £440m in total on IT services, including staffing costs, but just £385,000 of that through the government’s “G-Cloud” framework.

The G-Cloud initiative, launched in 2012, aims to shave £120m a year off the public sector IT bill by encouraging all public sector bodies to buy IT products and services through the government’s CloudStore digital marketplace.

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