Public Sector: Digital Technology

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to make improve the use of digital technology in the public sector.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The United Kingdom is a recognised world leader in public sector digital innovation. The Government Digital Service (GDS) leads on the digital transformation in government, providing common solutions to problems that government service teams have to tackle repeatedly.

GDS provides standards, guidance and best practice to help government to build services that work for everyone. GDS works with departments to provide the right technology to help the public sector deliver great services, through technology that meets user needs; makes cross-government collaboration easier; costs less; and will help civil servants to work more flexibly and efficiently.

The Government Transformation Strategy was published in February 2017. It sets out a vision for transforming the way government operates and delivers services in the digital age and GDS’ role in driving this change. It was developed in conjunction with other government departments and its objectives include business transformation; increasing skills and capability across government; developing better tools, processes and governance; data; and developing more shared platforms such as GOV.UK Notify.

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