Technology did not take centre stage in chancellor George Osbourne's speech outlining the government's spending and saving plans in the Autumn Statement, but technology feeds into many of the government's plans for healthcare, social, and infrastructure spending and development.
The chancellor explained the government's ambitions to cut the UK's deficit by 2020 to create a "country that lives within its means", while aiming to improve Britain's infrastructure, drive efficiency in the public sector and bolster the nation's defences.
Much of this will involve the use of technology in some form or another to cut costs or drive reform.
Defence of the realm
One of the core areas of the Autumn Statement was the government's spending on defence, an area already steeped in controversy following a commitment to the costly Trident nuclear submarine programme.
Osbourne said that the government "will put security first" and has committed two percent of the UK's gross domestic product to defence, of which 1.2 percent will be spent on science and technology over the course of this parliament in a bid to drive innovation in cyber security and defence.
The government has already committed £1.9bn to the creation of an offensive cyber programme and has plans to create a National Cyber Centre to offer advice and support on cyber threats.
Part of this push includes setting up a £165m defence and cyber innovation fund to broaden the government's supplier base in the sector and attract more innovative companies working on cyber security.
The government will also invest £130m in technology such as electronic border controls and increase the availability of intelligence and data for border control authorities in a bid to tackle criminals and illegal immigrants trying to enter the UK.
A further £250m will be allocated to overhauling the passport and immigration system, which aims to allow people to pay for their passport and visa applications online.
Finally, the government pledged £1bn to equip emergency services across the UK with 4G mobile services to improve operations by doing more on the go.
The NHS is a major area of budget attention, as ever, and the government is looking to make £22bn worth of efficiency savings.
This will involve using technology to make the service more effective, and will see the government invest £1bn in new technology over the next five years to better connect the NHS service for patients and ensure that medical staff have easy access to the information they need.
The government has pledged that 80 percent of clinicians in primary, urgent and emergency care will have digital access to important patient information by September 2018.
It will also aim to deliver integrated care records that provide every healthcare professional with access to individuals' medical information by 2020 to ensure that care is delivered promptly and safely.
To drive research and innovation, £10m will be invested into expanding the Healthcare Innovation Test Bed programme used to facilitate partnerships between the NHS and the wider healthcare industry.
A further £250m will be allocated to the 100,000 Genomes Project to introduce technology that can sequence whole genomes, as well as funding Genomics England.
The Autumn Statement outlined efficiency savings across government departments which will see budget cuts, but it will also commit £450m to bolstering the Government Digital Service (GDS) which is responsible for driving the digital overhaul.
It could be argued that the departure of Mike Bracken and other senior members from GDS has galvanised the government into committing more resources to the department if it is to help the public sector become digital by default.
"The GDS will continue to act as the digital, data and technology centre for government, supporting departments as they transform their business operations, setting best practice and ensuring quality of service," the Statement explained.
A hefty £1.8bn has been committed to the public sector's digital transformation over the next four years, which will be aimed at enabling the concept of government-as-a-platform where public services are created from common components.
A major part of this will involve making tax and payment services available online rather than on paper forms. As such, £1.3bn will be invested to turn the tax payments process employed by HM Revenue and Customs into an online service.
"In the digital age we don't need taxpayers to pay for paper processing," said Osbourne.
The government plans to have a system in place by 2020 that allows small businesses to manage their tax affairs through a digital account.
The commitment to a digital agenda was welcomed by Julian David, chief executive at TechUK.
"TechUK welcomes the chancellor's commitment to make the UK the most digitally advanced tax administration in the world. As we have seen from online self-assessment, technology can be a huge help for citizens and companies that have to navigate the UK's complex taxation system," he said.
"The news of investing £1.8bn in digital transformation, including an increased budget of £450m for the GDS, is welcome evidence of the government's commitment to digital transformation."
The Tories' pro-business agenda makes it no surprise that the Autumn Statement comes with spending plans that benefit enterprises.
Osbourne pledged to continue the small business tax scheme for 600,000 companies for another year, while championing the creation of seven more enterprise zones that will include technology startups.
The government also pledged more spending on technology catapults across the UK to fuel more business innovation, and will continue to support Innovate UK, its innovation agency.
This will see £50m invested in creating two new centres focused on agricultural technology to help the UK tap into a market worth £250bn.
Neil Crockett, chief executive at the Digital Catapult, welcomed the spending allocation.
"It is great that the government's vision for a stronger UK has digital at its heart. We are delighted that the chancellor recognises the value of government-as-a-platform as envisaged by the GDS, and that there is a clear plan for the Northern Powerhouse and devolved nations," he said.
"We naturally welcome the continued support for the Catapult centres and research at time when the UK needs to maintain its global lead in digital innovation."
The government is also committing more money to the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to bolster access to digital and technical skills.
This will involve the creation of five national colleges and support for a new network of institutes of technology across the country. The goal is to have 68 national colleges training around 21,000 students by 2020 in industries connected to the government's ambition to increase UK productivity.
This Autumn Statement contained a much heavier technology focus than the Summer Budget earlier this year which contained scant mention of technology in relation to spending and reforms.
It also shows that Downing Street wants to accelerate the digital agenda established alongside the Lib Dems during the previous government.
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