G-Cloud uptake low among UK councils and local authorities

UK councils are failing to take advantage of the government cloud [G-Cloud] with almost none of the country’s local authorities using the service to purchase IT products.

A survey commissioned by Six Degrees Group [6DG] found that 87 per cent of UK councils and local authorities are not currently purchasing IT through G-Cloud and 76 per cent had no knowledge on what the G-Cloud framework could be used for.

“These statistics show that there is a communication issue from central government. Cloud services have the potential to be revolutionary for the public sector and G-Cloud is a framework specifically intended to make sourcing these services simple. However it’s clearly not doing its job for a huge number of councils and local authorities in the UK, which could otherwise be benefiting from the expenditure savings, innovations, agility and security of cloud computing,” said Campbell Williams, group strategy and marketing director at 6DG.

The survey questioned 300 UK councils and local authorities and found that just 38 were involved in any procurement via G-Cloud. The survey results pour scorn on the system's ability to increase cloud adoption as the UK councils and local authorities are the very customers that it was hoped would use the service.

“We’re disappointed that G-Cloud is still failing both customers and suppliers alike. If those behind G-Cloud don’t educate the public sector soon, government procurement for IT will continue to be handled by the same old faces delivering the same poor outcomes for the taxpayer,” Williams added.

G-Cloud was first unveiled by the UK government back in February 2012 as a way for companies to save money by increasing the uptake of cloud computing services in the public sector. G-Cloud VI, the fourth incarnation of the service, is aiming to make it easier for councils and local authorities to access small and innovative cloud providers in order to revolutionise how public services are provided.