The department of Communities and Local Government is looking into a browser upgrade from Internet Explorer 6 to the latest version.

The secretary of state for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles said on the micro-blogging site Twitter that the department was looking to the end of IE6 and to move up to IE8. The tweet said: “Discussing with my department plans to upgrade staff to IE8 and ditch IE6.”

Speaking to SC Magazine, a spokesperson said: “This is something that we are currently considering, and we are still working on a proposal. There will be a pilot on the 15th September.”

Back in August a government spokesperson responded to a petition by claiming that there was no evidence that upgrading to a modern web browser would make users more secure. The petition, signed by more than 6,000 people, encouraged government departments to upgrade away from Internet Explorer 6 as it would not only make government more secure, but encourage Europe to follow.

A statement disputed that modern browsers were more secure than ‘the latest fully patched versions of Internet Explorer', and also claimed that each department is responsible for managing the risks to its IT systems based on Government Information Assurance policy and technical advice from CESG.