You may not realise this, but across UK Government, the cost of IT spending in 2005/06 was £206.90 per person based on the assumption that the population is 60 million and everyone, man, woman and baby, is included.
The figures have been revealed in a Cabinet Office report released today into something called "Transformational Government Strategy". You won’t however find the figures in the press release (funny that!). The press release bangs on about how the Government is making efficiency savings by cutting 551 websites. You might even be confused into thinking that only around 26 would remain given the way the release is worded.
The truth, as ever though, is in the detail, and a quick look at the report shows that in fact, 551 websites are being cut, but that is only 51%, leaving 400 to be maintained and run at whatever the cost is. Further into the report there is a section detailing just how much money is spent in each area of Government on IT for 2005/06 and frankly, the figures are staggering. The total IT spend amounts to £12,414,000,000.
Obviously the £206.90 per head figure would be far higher once you remove children, the elderly, the unemployed, and anyone else who doesn't pay tax.