So, what sort of national IT policy would you like to see?

It's a very timely question given that the new government has just taken up the reins and, while it has not yet set out its detailed plans, we already know that it's looking to chop some of the big IT projects - a move which goes hand in hand with its desire to lose an additional £6 billion on top of the outgoing government's public spending plans.

To be fair, the government has inherited a sorry mess - laid out clearly by my colleague John Dunn and there needs to be a complete overhaul of IT and the essential priorities.

However, it's equally clear that a government is going to push for some spending on IT and it's equally clear that there's a need to push towards some form of national IT policy to support that spending.

This is where you come in: The BCS is asking its members what they'd like to see in that policy and is set to lobby the new government when it has a list of those demands. Members of the BCS or the CMA have been invited to submit their top 5 wishes on a BCS website before 2 June.

It will be interesting to see what will emerge from this process. Will the BCS members take a position that considers their employment and remuneration prospects and look for things like ending any moves to off-shoring or a relaxation of the IR35 rules that have so irritated so many contractors? Will there be a call for tax breaks on jobs training?

Or will they take a long term approach and look for more investment in schools and colleges to provide the techies of the future? Will they look for more tax breaks for R&D? Will they call a national broadband policy -and if so, how will it be funded now that the fixed line levy has died a death?

They could also fall in line with Tory party policy and push for more procurement to be handed to smaller businesses and greater investment in open source companies. The bloated nature of many of the major IT projects are a constant reminder of how projects set up with the best of intentions become mired in bureaucracy, but what steps should be taken to make the process better? Should winners of government contracts have to take a greater proportion of the risk and face being hit in the pocket if there's a cost over-run? Should the National Audit Office get involved earlier? Should it have more power? Perhaps government CIOs could be rewarded for cost savings rather than being praised for high-spending.

More controversially,.they could also call for more pressure on the City to invest in high tech companies - the difficulty of getting funding being a constant complaint by start-ups. And while it might not be popular with many people in the Tory party, there could be a greater push for energy savings to help with the efforts on climate change.

I'm sure there'll be plenty of suggestions - the question is whether the BCS lobbying will have any effect. I'm sure that the new government will have plenty of requests from a variety of parties, all looking out for the self-interest. Will IT be treated differently? I'd like to think it would be, simply because so many of the initiatives are about saving money - something that will be dear to the new government's heart.

Now, what would you like to see?

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