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New UK Government Digital Strategy

Last week the UK government (specifically DCMS – the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) published its new “Digital Strategy for the Digital Economy.”  Much of what’s in the document is motherhood and apple pie. The document paints a grand vision for “an economy which is resilient to change and fit for the future.” But there are a number of specific pledges to make the provision of government services more fit for the future.

We’ll be discussing some of the themes contained in the strategy at our upcoming digital transformation workshop in London on April 27. But, in the meantime, the strategy itself may be useful reading. Here’s a link to the Executive Summary.

The strategy commits to “develop single cross-government platform services, including by working towards 25 million GOV.UK Verify users by 2020 and adopting new services onto the government’s GOV.UK Pay and GOV.UK Notify platforms.” We discussed Gov.UK Verify at length in our recent Northern Powerhouse workshop in Newcastle upon Tyne.  So this strategic commitment is to be welcomed.

The Strategy also commits to “work, across government and the public sector, to harness the potential of digital to radically improve the efficiency of our public services – enabling us to provide a better service to citizens and service users at a lower cost.”

We’ll discuss this commitment, also, in our London workshop. Be sure to register now, places are filling up fast.

By Jeffrey Peel

Editor, Citizen20Series and MD, Quadriga Consulting.I am responsible for all site content and have overall responsibility for site editorial, as well as site membership.

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