Civil Service: Electronic Government

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress his Department has made in improving the efficiency of the civil service as part of the Government Transformation Strategy 2017 to 2020.

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

The Government Transformation Strategy set out to embed good use of shared platforms and reusable business capabilities to speed up transformation and drive efficiency by avoiding costly and confusing duplication in government services. Such common components, created by the Government Digital Service, are now used by more than 400 services across more than 100 public sector organisations.

GDS has also equipped civil servants with the right infrastructure in order to do their jobs effectively, rolling out GovWifi to public sector buildings allowing civil servants to roam freely. Over 234,000 people have signed up for an account.

Through central levers such as the Digital Service Standard, Service Assessments and Spend Controls processes, GDS has supported fundamental improvements in the way government designs and delivers digital services and IT investments. Through these processes GDS estimates to have enabled departments to realise over £1bn of benefits since March 2015.

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