Digital Technology

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 12th December 2016.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the digital transformation projects (a) ongoing and (b) planned.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Government is committed to transforming the relationship between citizen and state by harnessing digital technology, to build and deliver services. The Cabinet Office is running the following digital transformation programmes:

· Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service - a first rate, efficient and trusted electoral registration system for all citizens;

  • GOV.UK Verify - delivering a new digital service for citizens to prove who they are online securely and safely when using government services. Citizens can currently use GOV.UK Verify to access 12 government services including for self-assessment tax returns and viewing their driving licence information;
  • the Government as a Platform programme - a number of new cross-government platforms which will make assembling government services faster, cheaper and better. As part of this programme, GDS is currently developing:

    v GOV.UK Pay - a shared payments solution for users to make payments; v GOV.UK Notify - a shared tool for sending messages to users to update them; and v Platform as a Service for government - a shared digital hosting platform

    We are also making improvements to the digital tools used by civil servants to increase government efficiency. These programmes will reduce financial losses through fraud and error and improve overdue debt management; improve the effectiveness of UK resilience planning, response and recovery, by enabling stronger multi-agency collaboration and reform public services; and improve social outcomes and create savings for the taxpayer through the expansion of Social Impact Bonds.

    We will make an announcement about future plans in due course.

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