UK heads of IT have cast a vote of no confidence for Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s proposals to beef up the digital economy in the latest CIO Jury.

Jurors voted 11 to one against the likelihood of the PM’s plans to invest in the country’s tech infrastructure as a way to boost the general economy.

When asked whether they thought the cash injection would push the economy towards growth, the majority was sceptical.

Many of the jurors believe changes need to be made to the financial infrastructure of the country instead and some suggested more tax breaks for businesses would be more useful to economic recovery than a prospective investment in broadband services.

However, although not necessarily a silver bullet, many jurors applauded the prospect of an improved communications infrastructure for the UK.

Hachette Filipacchi IT director Nicholas Bellenberg said: “This will not kick-start the economy into growth. However, upgrading the telecoms infrastructure is a good thing and I suppose this will create some jobs temporarily for people to put cables in the ground.

“If, as a result of this, better homeworking and small business operation is possible at lower costs – i.e. connectivity becomes less asymmetric and upload speeds are improved – we should see some practical benefits. Increasing download bandwidth without addressing the return path would be very short-sighted.”

Today’s CIO Jury:

  • Ben Acheson, IT Manager, PADS Printing and Commercial Stationery
  • Alastair Behenna, CIO, Harvey Nash
  • Nicholas Bellenberg, IT director, Hachette Filipacchi
  • Pete Crowe, IT director, Fat Face
  • Steve Gediking, head of IT, Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • Madhushan Gokool, IT manager, Storm Models
  • Paul Haley, director of information technology, Aberdeen University
  • Jacques René, CIO, Ascend
  • Mike Roberts, IT director, The London Clinic
  • Mark Saysell, IT director, Creo
  • David Supple, head of IT, Ecotech Research & Consulting Limited
  • Steve Williams, director of information systems and services, Newcastle University

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