GDS Set to Share £55m Pot to Boost Digital Government

To support the digital transformation, chancellor George Osborne is to set aside funds in his budget.

The announcement appeared on p82 of the 123 page Summer Budget under the heading "Digital Transformation". The government will provide funding to the Cabinet Office to work with departments to generate a series of innovative business cases to inform the spending review.

Their aim is to "deliver redesigned, user-friendly public services fit for the digital age as well as delivering digital services across the country."

A line was referenced in the statement highlighting the budget's spending and saving commitments, displaying £55m "efficiency and reform".

The Cabinet Office was unable to provide further details and the chancellor's next spending review is expected to be completed later this year.

The funding is likely to support additional work to assess potential savings for other government as a platform (GaaP) developments as well as accelerating moves to make more public services "digital by default".

In June Matt Hanock, the new Cabinet Office minister responsible for GDS said that the digital government is a "chance to build a new state."

He added: "Many of the most successful companies in the world take a platform-based approach - companies like Google, Apple and PayPal. We too are building a common set of platforms, core digital plumbing which can be used by services across government."

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